Family of woman beaten to death upset with plea deal - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family of woman beaten to death upset with plea deal

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The family of a Coffee County woman killed over two years ago is unhappy about a plea deal in the case.

Nick Curtis pleaded guilty to perjury after lying to police about what happened the day Kayla Qualls was murdered.

"I want him for accessory, but they told me they can't do that without hard evidence," said Kandy Qualls, Kayla's mother.

Nick Curtis, the father of Kayla Qualls' two young children, was at her Tullahoma home the morning she was beaten to death.

Curtis' father, Michael Curtis, is in jail, charged with killing Kayla Qualls.

Investigators said Michael Curtis admitted to the killing, but instead of serving time in prison, he's in the same jail his son will spend the next eight months in on the perjury charge.

Kandy Qualls and her husband said they simply want justice.

"He was there and he didn't protect her," she said. "He didn't do anything, call 911, he didn't do anything. He just watched. He protected his dad and watched my daughter die."

Nick Curtis reached the deal Wednesday. He admitted to lying to police and obstruction of justice.

In exchange, Nick Curtis got a one-year sentence and four years probation. The sentence is not enough for the Qualls family, who question the Coffee County District Attorney's commitment to justice.

DA Mickey Layne's office said he is leaving office Friday and told Channel 4 News to ask the new DA about the case.

Kandy Qualls thinks her daughter's killer deserves the death penalty.

"Any mother or father would want more out of that," she said. "She wouldn't have let him be beaten to death without getting somebody to help."

Michael Curtis was given another delay in his case and won't go to trial until February at the earliest.

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