Jurors handed down a guilty verdict against Stephen Bodine for torturing and killing a three-year-old boy in Wichita, Kansas.
Bodine’s conviction was a bittersweet moment for the family of Evan Brewer, whose body was found in a concrete structure, as reported by KWCH 12.
The toddler’s gruesome death shocked the nation in 2017. Reported missing in July of that year, Evan’s remains were discovered by a landlord in September who was cleaning the former home of his mother Miranda Miller and her live-in boyfriend Bodine.
It took less than an hour for jurors to deliberate and come up with a guilty verdict against the 41-year-old murderer.
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The verdict came after a six-day trial that saw prosecutors presenting a plethora of evidence pointing to the brutal abuse suffered by the toddler in Bodine’s hands.
"This is the beginning of justice," said Carlo Brewer, Evan’s father. "Evan was a beautiful boy. He was just like any other child you know expect he didn't get to have the imagination like the other children where they might think [there are] monsters in their closet or under their bed...he had real monsters."
The trial revealed the extent of abuse Evan had to go through. It was extremely hard for the toddler’s family to hear the heartbreaking details presented during the trial.
DIFFICULT TO UN-SEE
"I feel bad for [the jurors] because they had to see things they will never be able to un-see," Evan's aunt, Carol Brewer, said. "That is one thing that I didn't want anyone to have to view are those videos and see the pictures."
Another gruesome murder that shocked the country was that of two-year-old toddler Kylen Shangreaux.
She was beaten to death by his own mother, Katrina Shangreaux, 33, after he wet his bed. Katrina, from Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, confessed to the second-degree murder she committed on July 18, 2016.
She was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.
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