Michael Ivory Collins, 26, has been convicted of capital murder and aggravated robbery for the December 2017 slayings of a Little Rock mother and her two young children, a Pulaski County jury stated Thursday, Oct. 17.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, prosecutors had waived the death penalty so jurors could only sentence Collins to life in prison without parole.
Prosecutors said Collins and another man killed Mariah Cunningham, 24, and her daughter A’Laylaih Fisher, 5 and her son Elijah Fisher, 3, as part of a botched robbery. Their bodies were discovered on the afternoon of Dec. 5, 2017, inside their home at Rosewood Apartments in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Collins’s trial started on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Judge Herb Wright’s courtroom. The gruesome details in the deaths of the family were laid out.
The children’s mother Cunningham was forced to watch her children being killed before she was repeatedly stabbed.
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Barbara Marinara told jurors how it took the two men only 20 minutes to murder the family after Collins and his accomplice left the house with only a television and an Xbox. Authorities found Collins at a home in Chicago five days later.
Prosecutors said Collins killed Cunningham and her children when he didn’t get the valuables he sought during the robbery.
Collins’s attorneys did not call any witnesses but questioned some of the DNA evidence presented at trial.
The jury deliberated for less than a half-hour to return a guilty verdict Thursday night.
The second man charged in the case, William Burnell Alexander, 23, is scheduled for trial next month.