Sentencing for Radford man convicted of 2-year-old girl’s murder continued to October

His sentencing date has been continued until Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m., court documents show

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.

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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.

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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.


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