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Raleigh man to go to trial for infant's death

Posted June 17, 2010
Updated April 14, 2011

— The capital murder case of a Raleigh man accused of beating to death his 10-month-old stepdaughter will go to trial this summer.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens set a trial date of July 18 for Joshua Andrew Stepp, who faces first-degree murder and first-degree sex offense charges in the Nov. 8, 2010, death of Cheyenne Emery Yarley.

Stepp told a dispatcher in a 911 call that the child choked on toilet paper, but an autopsy report found she died of "abusive head trauma."

The report also indicates that paramedics and emergency room personnel at WakeMed in Raleigh found injuries to the child.


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  • doubletrouble Jun 17, 2010

    Poor child...it's enough to break one's heart. How bout life in prison mean life, and a death sentence mean just that, not early parole, no plea bargains for these types of skum. He needs a quick drop and a sudden stop IMHO...then let the other prisoners in our fine DOC system manually dig his grave.

  • sweet4you Jun 17, 2010

    This freak is a waste. He need to be in the city dump.

  • dlentz2 Jun 17, 2010

    I don't think I would have a problem with life in prison or even the death penalty but I would not want to be on that jury. I don't think my heart could take it. I wouldn't want to hear all the details of how that poor baby died. I have a friend that works with the JOCO DA office in the child victim area and they say it is hard to hear the details.

  • april65 Jun 17, 2010

    This just makes me want to throw up.....there are some sick sick people in this world.

  • Tootie27 Jun 17, 2010

    Davids MOM....I couldn't have said it better.

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  • fairyswearboots2 Jun 17, 2010

    May he rot in jail first! and when he's with other inmates I hope they let him know what it was like to be that 10 month old little girl! now I do believe in the death penalty but it does take too long to get it done

  • Another Voice Jun 17, 2010

    I agree with you, It is so ironic that someone can do this and the family has to pay to keep them alive. Where is the justice. I think he should have the same punishment he bestowed upon this innocent child.

  • iron fist Jun 17, 2010

    deathrow you are wrong, prison is tough, its not a vacation this man doesn't deserve anything if he is guilty.

  • notagain1903 Jun 17, 2010

    Save the taxpayers money and put him with the guy who wants a firing squad for his death penalty sentence. I'll buy his bus ticket. He can ride with the bags and the animals in the bottom!!! It's where he belongs!!!