DAVENPORT, Iowa (TCD) -- A 51-year-old man was convicted this week of kidnapping and killing a young girl whose disappearance set off an Amber Alert and a months-long search until her remains were discovered in a pond.
The Quad City Times reports Scott County Judge Henry Latham reached the verdict following a 14-day bench trial that included nearly 50 witnesses and dozens of hours of testimony, leading him to convict Henry Dinkins for the murder of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell.
Terrell’s 11-year-old brother, who was identified only as D.L., testified at Dinkins' trial and reportedly spoke about how he and Terrell slept at Dinkins' girlfriend’s apartment the night before the girl disappeared. The judge reportedly said the testimony was "remarkable."
Local, state, and federal investigators searched for Terrell over the course of several months.
On March 22, 2021, residents in DeWitt discovered human remains in a pond and contacted law enforcement officials. The remains were positively identified as Terrell’s, and Scott County prosecutors charged Dinkins with kidnapping and murder in May 2021.