RADFORD, Va. – The sentencing of a Radford man who was convicted of a 2-year-old girl’s murder has been pushed to another date.
Andrew Byrd was originally set to be sentenced on Monday, Aug. 21, but his sentencing date has been continued until Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m., court documents show. This is the second time the date has been delayed as it was initially supposed to take place on June 5.
As we’ve previously reported, a young girl by the name of Harper Mitchell died in 2020 from blunt-force trauma, according to the medical examiner.
Byrd was charged with first-degree and aggravated murder in connection with her death, and in 2023, he was found guilty.
The little girl’s mother, Amanda Mitchell, was believed to be dating Byrd at the time of Harper’s death and was charged with the following:
- Three counts of abusing a child or disregarding life
- Three counts of child cruelty, injury, or labor
- Two counts of felony homicide
- One count of child abuse and neglect
Amanda was expected to enter a plea for the charges in connection with Harper’s death on Sept. 18 at 9:30 a.m., officials said. The case has been continued several times since late 2020.