On Friday, a jury convicted Dr. Mark of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and child abuse. The first degree murder conviction merits an automatic life sentence. The Tennessean paints the picture as the verdict was handed down:
A former Mt. Juliet pediatrician accused of killing her newly adopted 4-year-old daughter was sentenced to life in prison after a jury Friday found her guilty of first-degree murder and abuse charges.Kairissa's adoptive father still faces charges of child abuse, though Dr. Mark's defense was that it was he, not her, who struck the killing blows. The defense vows to appeal, including on the grounds that her lengthy confession was coerced and false.
Deborah Wen-Yee Mark, 40, slowly shrunk in her seat as the jury foreman read the verdict from each charge. First-degree murder? Guilty. Four counts of aggravated child abuse? Guilty. Child Abuse? Guilty.
With each charge, she sank lower until her head was resting on the table where she sat and her shoulders heaved with silent sobs. Courtroom deputies had to help her stand and walk out of the room after she was given an automatic life sentence in prison for the first-degree murder conviction. She’ll be sentenced separately on the other charges at a later date.
Wilson County Assistant District Attorney Tom Swink praised the verdict. “Kairissa Mark received justice today,” he said.