ELMORE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The short life of a little girl was remembered in Elmore County Tuesday, on what would have been her 12th birthday.
Kenyatta Kendrick was shot in the chest on Jan. 4, 2011 during a drive by shooting in Eclectic. She died minutes later.
Elmore County prosecutors convicted Stalandus Z. Slaughter, using evidence to show that he hired Aaron McDowell and Bernard Nix to shoot up the house of Demeco Kendrick, but Kenyatta was struck instead.
Evidence also was presented that Slaughter told someone in the Elmore County jail that he "paid two guys $1,000 to shoot the house up." Slaughter also described the weapon used and the injuries sustained by the victims.
District Attorney Randall Houston called Kendrick's death senseless.
"We believe we got to know this child through her family," Houston said. "We spent three years with these folks and got them the justice that we felt Kendra deserved."
McDowell and Nix pleaded guilty to murder and first degree assault. Slaughter was convicted on a capital murder charge and sentenced as a habitual offender to life in prison without the possibility of parole and life in prison for the first degree assault conviction.
Slaughter appealed the sentence, but it was affirmed by the Alabama Supreme Court in March.
Chief Assistant District Attorney C.J. Robinson says he remembers the call he received moments after the shooting, and says this case will always stay with him.