A nine member jury of 8 women and one man was unable to arrive at a verdict on either murder or manslaughter in the Mckinley Williams case, after deliberating for 4 hours.
Defense lawyer Darius Jones for murder-accused McKinley “JR” Williams of Kings Hill said he was not at all surprised at the decision of the jury who were unable to reach a unanimous verdict of murder and were divided 6-3 on manslaughter.
Williams was charged with the murder of his cousin Dwight Auguiste in December 2013 in Kings Hill.
The eight-woman, one-man jury was given directions and sent to deliberate by Justice Victoria Charles-Clarke but after two hours of deliberation, returned for further instructions.
They returned two hours later and told the court that they were not able to arrive at a “unanimous verdict on the charge of murder and were divided 6-3” (did not say which way) on the manslaughter direction given to them by the trial Judge. They have since been discharged and the court declared a “hung jury” since they can only come with a 7-2 verdict either way on manslaughter or 8-1 either way on manslaughter.
“I am not surprised at the verdict of the jury. The amount of things that they had to deal with…lots of issues. A jury sitting had lots of issues to deal with and I am not surprised at the hung jury,” Jones said.
He continued, “When you go to the Locus (site of incident) jury was given a chance to see for themselves what witnesses were saying and this must have created doubts. Based on what I saw, I came to the conclusion that the jury was going to have a hard time. It was not going to be easy for the jury.”
Williams will now continue on bail and is set to return on January 10, 2017 at the next Criminal Session where he will be told about the status of his matter. Asked about the possibility of a retrial, Jones replied, “I take everything one day at a time and I don’t want to say much on the impending retrial. I will take it one day at a time. I am always ready…I will wait when it comes up.”