Man gets life in prison after pleading guilty to murder of Darlington woman, 9-year-old granddaughter

Man gets life in prison after pleading guilty to murder of Darlington woman, 9-year-old granddaughter

DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A man will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering a Darlington County woman and her granddaughter in 2016.

During a virtual hearing Wednesday morning, Cephas Cowick admitted fault for the murders of 52-year-old Denise Couplin and 9-year-old Deziyah Davis.

Left: Denise Couplin; Right: Deziyah Davis
Left: Denise Couplin; Right: Deziyah Davis (Source: Family member)

He pleaded guilty to two counts of murder, as well as six additional charges. Cowick was set to go to trial in July on the charges, and the prosecution previously announced their intent to seek the death penalty.

Deputy Solicitor Kernard Redmond said it was a difficult decision not to continue with the death penalty, but the state decided it was best to reach a plea deal.

“Again this is one of those times, where being a prosecutor is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but again I have took take whole host of things into consideration and I have discussed that with the family as to why the state has decided to make the decision to allow him to go with life without parole,” said Redmon.

With Cowick’s plea, he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. He also waived any rights to appeal.

Throughout the hearing, Cowick gave short, concise answers to Judge Eugene Griffith’s questions, saying “Yes sir” on multiple occasions.

Tonay Davis, Deziyah’s mother, was emotional during her victim impact statement, saying the defendant “ain’t got no damn remorse.”

“A person that don’t have no remorse, how do you give them sympathy?” Davis said during her virtual statement.

Denise Couplin’s son, Maurice Couplin, told Cowick while he’s behind bars, he hopes he gets right with God.

“I don’t know if you had any remorse for what you did man, but man when you in there just like you talk to God, you talk to jesus. You need to talk to my mama, you need to talk to Deziyah bro and by the grace of God ask for forgiveness for what you’ve done,” said Couplin.

Cephas Cowick’s wife, Katherine Baucom-Cowick, is also charged with two counts of murder and other charges in the case. According to records on the Darlington County Public Index, her case is still moving through the court system.

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