Jury Recommends Life In Prison

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A couple charged with killing a 10-year-old girl has been convicted of murder and will likely spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

A Clark County jury returned guilty verdicts for Joy and Patrick Watkins, late Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators say the couple beat and killed Michaela Watkins, who was Patrick's daughter.

She was found dead at the couple's apartment in March of last year. Medical examiners say she was beaten to death.

Patrick Watkins told police Michaela burned herself with scalding water and then slipped and fell down the stairs.

During the trial, medical examiners told the jury there was no way the young girl died from a fall down the stairs.

Today Michaela's biological mother, Rachel Adams, told 27 NewsFirst she felt justice had been served and that this verdict finally helped give her closure in Michaela's death.

She says she had been waiting over a year to finally hear that had happened to her daughter.

Prosecutors told the jury they believe Michaela was beaten to death, and then was put in scalding water to be revived. They told the jury they believed the young girl was dead before the family took a trip to the Red River Gorge, and believed Patrick and Joy Watkins were going there to dump her body.

The jury recommended Joy and Patrick Watkins serve life in prison for the crime.

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