Juror Who Convicted OKC Man In Child's Death Recalls Graphic Details

Monday, December 12th 2011, 7:54 pm
By: News 9

A juror who found an Oklahoma City man guilty of murdering a 20 month-old-child recalls the details of what she calls a life-altering trial. Only on News 9, the juror told us about the graphic testimony that led to the guilty verdict.

From the beginning, the juror, who does not want to use her name, said something wasn't right about 31-year-old Omar Hill.

"You can't look at somebody and tell if they are a killer, but he came off as being so nice and kind and then lawyers started asking him questions, and he got agitated," the juror said.

The jury she sat on convicted Hill of first-degree murder for the death of his girlfriend's daughter, 20-month-old Malia Ransom. The girl died November 21, 2010.

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Jurors listened to hours of testimony and saw graphic pictures, one that left the young juror with nightmares.

"I'll admit I had a nightmare about this case. The pictures of her autopsy are going to be in my mind forever and we will never know exactly what happened to this little girl," the juror said.

Malia had a skull fracture and a number of internal injuries. The juror said the little girl was so badly beaten, one of the major artery's to her heart was torn. The girl also suffered a fractured skull.

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Hill's defense was that Malia's aunt performed CPR and caused the internal injuries and the head injury was from falling off a bunk bed.

The juror said based on the state's medical experts, none of that was possible. She was convinced of Hill's guilt after hearing the closing arguments.

"The state said we were witnessing history that if this little girl had been killed by CPR that it was history, she would be the first person who ever died from CPR," the juror said.

Jurors deliberated two hours before finding Hill guilty of murder. The young juror said the decision came easy and doesn't regret making it.

"This little girl deserved justice and justice has been served," she said.

Charges were dropped against the girl's mother Cierra Ransom. The juror said Ransom was at the trial and on the last day had to be escorted out of the courtroom because of an outburst.

Hill will be sentenced January 20. The jury recommended life with the possibility of parole.