Man found guilty of murder, sentenced to 48 years for 11-year-old’s death

Quayshaun Clark
Quayshaun Clark((Source: LCSD))
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 8:01 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2022 at 8:03 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - A man has been sentenced to 48 years in prison for the murder of 11-year-old Ta’shya Jay.

Tashya Michelle Jay
Tashya Michelle Jay(Family Provided)

According to the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Quayshaun Clark was found guilty on all charges, including murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and discharging a firearm into a dwelling Wednesday.

Clark’s trial began on Monday, June 27, 2022 in the Lexington County General Sessions Court. The jury returned a guilty verdict at around 5:46 p.m. on July 6, 2022.

Judge Debra McCaslin sentenced Clark, and he will serve 48 years for murder, 5 years (concurrent) for possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and 10 years (concurrent) for discharging a firearm into a dwelling. He is not eligible for parole on the murder sentence.

Quayshaun X. Clark, 30 of Lexington County
Quayshaun X. Clark, 30 of Lexington County(11th Circuit Solicitor's Office)

Jay was killed on June, 9, 2021 at around 10:35 p.m. on Madera Rd in Batesburg. At the time of the incident, Ta’shya’s mother, Shandreka Jay, said they were visiting a friend and had only been in the area for 10 minutes when the gang-related shooting occurred.

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Investigators said Ta’shya had taken cover in the kitchen of the home after the sound of gunfire from across the road. Court documents said a round from Clark’s AK-P7 entered the exterior of the house.

The bullet traveled through a wall, entered the refrigerator she was hiding in and struck her in the head, killing her instantly. Another child, a 13-year-old girl was hit by the gunfire.

At least six shooters, including Clark were involved in a shootout in the neighborhood. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD) continues to investigate the identify of the other shooters.

The cause of the shootout was determined by law enforcement as the result of an early altercation from several people in the Batesburg area.

Though multiple guns were fired, investigators determined his AK-P7 pistol fired the fatal round. LCSD recovered 15 rounds fired from the same weapon that it was later learned Clark owned.

During the investigation LCSD discovered Clark was a gang member. A second gun belonging to Clark a FN 9 mm as also used during the shootout by a currently unidentified person. Neighborhood video footage captured audio of the shootout that included 48 shots fired.

The 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard said, “The murder of this precious child, Ta’shya Jay, has required the focus of our office for over a year.”

He continued, “The profound impact of this crime on Ta’shya’s family, classmates, and the Lexington County community has been overwhelming.”

During closing arguments Deputy Solicitor Suzanne Mayes said of Clark’s actions, “To fire this gun, fifteen times, in the direction of that home, demonstrates a total disregard for human life. This is the very manifestation of malice.”

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