Tuesday, July 15, 2014
(Detroit, MI) -- The trial of a man accused in the death of five-year-old Mariha Smith is scheduled to begin today. Darnell Cheatham is accused of sexually assaulting the girl before strangling her and setting her body on fire in an abandoned home in July of 2011. Cheatham maintains his innocence in the case. Wayne County Prosecutors have declined to say what specific evidence they have against Cheatham and say it will come out in court.