UPDATE: Hung jury in Mckinley Williams murder trial

Mckinley Williams at the site of the alleged murder
Mckinley Williams at the site of the alleged murder

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.”

Darius Jones
Darius Jones

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11 Comments

  1. Smicks
    December 4, 2016

    Who the hell are the jurors **** man

  2. professor
    December 3, 2016

    where on earth do you have a jury deliberating for just four hours and as a result of them cant come to a conclusion you declare a hung jury? I need some one to give me an Aspirin cause this makes no sense. I have seen jurors deliberate for days and then come back with a guilty or not guilty verdict.

  3. star
    December 2, 2016

    i dont know where they does get them jurors from.. these jurors deserve a trial themselves.. 2 hours of deliveration only.. if you are a hung jurY WHY NOT deliberatre for more hours or even days to go over the evidence and see if no one can can be persuaded.. stupes.. only in sweet DCA

  4. Island man
    December 2, 2016

    Free the man

  5. NUWP
    December 2, 2016

    Having listen to the facts of the case I WUD say not guilty. And y the truck was moved

    • BEB
      December 2, 2016

      Would u pay the truck owner or driver for keeping his truck in that area for 3 years?If this should be the case, he wouldn’t have to register neither insure the truck

  6. no name no warrant
    December 2, 2016

    Another murder goes unsolved…………..What will it take for justice to actually be served in Dominica? 2-4 hrs of jury deliberation? is that all it takes? How long was the trial if the jury took such little time to decide guilt or innocence. Did the jury discuss the facts in the trial during deliberations, did they read or request any trial testimony to brush up on facts they might have forgotten. What is the justice system in Dominica coming to, its a shame and travesty and something needs to be done. The entire system needs to be reformed. We as citizens of Dominica need to stop being concerned with party affiliations and be more concerned in each other. That’s the only way that society can be improved. In Dominica rich and poor don’t really matter, if you kill someone there is a 99% chance you will go free.

    • Dominican-West Indian
      December 2, 2016

      Sad but true my brother (or sister)

  7. December 2, 2016

    This is Dominica ,if one is freed well you better free all so that a way will be well paved for others…it is easier to go to prison in Dominica for a cigarette of marijuana than to kill and go to prison…

  8. Mouth of the south
    December 2, 2016

    PAPA ..Dominica is really back to front,, All murders walk free.. I wont be surprised if I hear “CASE DISMISSED”.. pAPA MET!

  9. MajeUTalkin
    December 2, 2016

    so it is.. so it will stay…

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