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"It's sad and it still eats me up because i still have pictures of her all over my house," said Makia's aunt Darlene Tucker.
Darlene Tucker was hoping to finally get the closure she says would only come if the men accused of killing her neice were behind bars.
But friday she found out that wasn't going to happen.
When Cedric Peppers and Justin Howard, two of the five men charged in Mikia's death were found not guilty on all charges.
"We are just ecstatic we are pleased. We believe the jury got it right". Says Defense Attorney Joy Kimbrough
"These boys actually were not guilty, they were not there. The state had charged them and then used a couple of convicted felons to prove it."
Their freedom came at the expense of the family of the little girl, who waited more than three years to see justice.
Waiting so long and then to get some news like this is like another knife stuck in my back...A bullet really in my heart...Just like the bullet that went through my niece's heart," says Turner.
The family says even though the verdict did hurt, they still have hope that justice can be done.
The office of the Davidson County District Attorney says two other defendants, Ralphael Turner and Jeffrey Dale Fox also have charges pending and the family is holding out hope for a guilty verdict.
"I would like to see justice. I would like to see them get what she got...Death," added Mikia's aunt.
Earlier this year Ronald Roseman who was 17 at the time of the shooting pled guilty to second degree murder and is serving a 20 year sentence.
"For somebody to go in the house with the person who shot him and they don't get any time but the other person gets time, it's not justice, it's not justice at all," concluded Turner.
Friday, September 21 2012, 10:48 PM CDT
Hungry TennCare eating more of state budget
May 24, 2013 16:56 GMT
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- State Treasurer David Lillard says expanding health care costs could absorb funding the state used to spend on other needs.
The Jackson Sun (http://bit.ly/16eqTpT ) reported Lillard talked about the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act on Tennessee finances as he spoke to the West Tennessee Association of Health Underwriters on Thursday.
Lillard noted the state budget that goes into effect July 1 contains $391 million in new revenue and more than $300 million of that will be consumed by TennCare.
Lillard said support for higher education could further erode as a result. In 1990, state revenue funded more than half the cost of state universities. That percentage has already declined to about 38 percent and could be further reduced.
Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com
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