After an 8-day trail and almost a full day of deliberation, a Scott County jury concluded that Tre Henderson is guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of child endangerment in the 2018 death of 5-year-old Ja’Shawn Bussell.

The prosecution laid out that Bussell had sustained repeated abuse in the week leading up to the phone call to 911 on April 27 of 2018. The cause of death was ruled as "blunt force trauma to the head" and forensics ruled it as a homicide.

Speaking to one of the jurors, I was told that the determining process was whether to find Mr. Henderson guilty of 1st or 2nd degree murder, and after asking the judge a couple questions regarding the stipulations of intent, the jury had reached their conclusion this afternoon.

The 28-year-old Chicago man faces a mandatory life sentence on the murder charge and up to 50 years in prison on each of the child endangerment charges.

He will be sentenced on April 1.

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