Change of venue and new judge ordered for Jefferson City murder suspect Quatavia Givens

A change of venue and change of judge is granted for a woman accused of killing a four-year-old boy in Jefferson City.

Quatavia Givens was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and abandonment of corpse last month.  The charges stem from the 2018 death of Darnell Gray, who was in Givens’ care at the time of his death.

Givens appeared before a Cole County judge today.  Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson said that the judge likely granted the change of venue as a result of the high profile nature of the case in Cole County.  Thompson said a new judge will also be assigned before a new court date is set, but he does not have a timeline for when that will happen. 

Givens had originally been charged with second-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child, and abuse or neglect of a child.  She was free on bond, but was taken back into custody and denied bond when the new, stiffer charged were handed down.  Givens reported Gray missing in October of 2018.  His body was found days later in a wooded area of Jefferson City.  An autopsy showed Gray died of blunt and sharp force trauma.