JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) -It was an emotional day in Onslow Superior Court Wednesday morning as former Marine, Jordan King, plead guilty to second degree murder and felony child abuse in the February 2013 death of his 3-month-old son, Deklin John King.
Deklin’s mother, Amanda King, spoke in court about her little redheaded infant and the now shattered hopes and dreams she once had for him.
The incident occurred more than three years ago. Jordan took Deklin to the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune on February 8, 2013, and told nurses Deklin hadn’t been eating and was sleeping excessively.
Hospital staff noticed bruising above Deklin’s left eye and performed CT scans on him where they discovered he was hemorrhaging.
He was in Jordan’s care at the time.
Deklin died on February 13, 2013. An autopsy report shows Deklin had multiple bruises on both sides of his head, retinal hemorrhaging and skull fractures.
In court on Wednesday, the family’s attorney recounted how Jordan told police that Deklin was crying incessantly the night of the accident and he just wanted him to stop.
He said that he might have hit Deklin’s head on the arm of a glider rocking chair as he was burping him. But, police didn’t find any DNA evidence on the glider to corroborate King’s claim.
Jordan was mostly quiet in court Wednesday, as his ex-wife’s family held hands for support during the hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Nathan Sweet said the plea is a relief for the family, who has waited almost three years for their justice.
“It’s never satisfying when you have a child that’s passed away as a result of injuries like this but within the system, we feel like it’s a fair resolution for the state,” Sweet said.
Jordan will serve a minimum of nearly 15 years and up to a maximum of almost 19 years in prison.
His defense attorney refused to speak to WNCT about the hearing.