Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney will be buried Sunday afternoon, the weekend after the 10 – day search for her ended and two people were charged in her slaying.
Three-year-old Kamille died by asphyxiation by suffocation, according to warrants read by a judge at Friday morning’s initial court appearance by both the charged suspects in her slaying.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held for Kamille at New Beginnings Christian Ministry, located at 501 Mountain Drive, on Sunday at 1 pm Visitation is from noon until 1 pm
A burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
The 3-year-old’s body was found on Oct. 22 in a Santek dumpster that had been parked near the Center Point apartment complex where two people charged in Kamille’s death lived.
The dumpster had been transported to a landfill near Warrior, where Birmingham police and FBI agents recovered Kamille’s body and pronounced her dead at 5: 16 pm that day.
The recovery ended a 10 – day search for the child.
On Thursday, Patrick Devone Stallworth, and his girlfriend, Derick Irisha Brown , were formally charged with were charged with capital murder of a child under the age of 14. If Stallworth, 39, and Brown, his 29 – year-old girlfriend, are convicted, both could face the death penalty. Both are held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail without bond.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Clyde Jones read both Stallworth and Brown’s capital murder warrants on Friday morning at their initial court appearance. The warrants state Kamille died by asphyxiation by suffocation on Oct. 12 – the same day she went missing.
When asked if he had any questions, Stallworth told the judge: “I don ‘t understand why I was charged with murder of this child. ”
In response, Jones said Stallworth’s lawyer will explain the charges to him and that the state will present evidence against him at a preliminary hearing, should he choose to have one. Stallworth said he plans to hire his own attorney within the week,.
Brown was appointed attorneys from the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office to represent her in the capital murder case; they were already representing her in an unrelated matter.
Kamille was abducted while at a birthday party in the Tom Brown Village public housing community off Messer-Airport Highway on Oct . 12.
The abduction happened about 8: 30 pm, and children at the party said Kamille was taken by a man who grabbed her and took off in an SUV.
The day after Kamille’s abduction, Birmingham police took Stallworth and Brown into custody and impounded his Toyota SUV after authorities said he was identified as a man seen in surveillance footage at an Avondale store near the time of Kamille’s abduction.