Two cousins charged in connection with the death of 2-year-old Laylah Washington faced a judge Wednesday and are due back in court within the next week.
The family of Laylah Washington is calling for tougher punishments for one of the suspects.
Tylan McCray is charged with First Degree Murder. Brandon McCray is charged as an accessory after the fact, and that does not sit well with Laylah Washington’s family.
Laylah Washington’s case remained unsolved for more than a year. However, in June of 2018, a tipster called Crime Stoppers leading investigators to Tylan and Brandon McCray.
“Whomever you are, if you see me thank you, thank you thank you,” said Terry Washington, Laylah’s uncle.
Laylah Washington’s mother, Leslie and other family members were in court to see the men charged in connection with her death.
“I really truly wanted to jump up, run and choke the hell out of them,” Terry Washington stressed. I pray to God whomever do the prosecuting, the judge or whatever, please no plea bargaining. Really? No plea bargaining. I mean you took a baby life.”
According to separate affidavits, Tylan McCray admitted to firing shots into the vehicle Laylah was in when she was shot and killed. He’s charged with First Degree Murder, three counts of Criminal Attempt First Degree Murder and other charges. Brandon admitted to being the driver during the crime.
“To me, he was responsible for all of this, he was responsible because he was the one who was driving the car I mean don’t get me wrong I don’t think the charges should be dropped or lessen for the other guy because he pulled the trigger,” Washington said.
Police say forensic evidence confirmed the gun used in Laylah’s murder matched the gun Tylan had in possession when he was arrested previously in October of 2017. Brandon is charged with Accessory After the Fact, but family members of Laylah Washington don’t understand why.
“For the driver, he caused all this. He admitted being the driver, that means everything that happened in that car because of you,” Washington explained.
Both of the men cases were continued. There was a bit of confusion as to if Tylan McCray had an attorney. He says he is being represented by Bill Massey. A judge continued his case until Thursday morning.