Breaking: Guilty Verdict in Darrent Williams - Willie Clark Murder Trial
Update: The judge has released the three questions asked by the jury during deliberations. The second one:
... a question asked yesterday about whether Clark could be found guilty of first-degree murder "as a result of being complicit." The judge said yes.
If, the judge wrote, "you find that another person committed all or part of either the crime of murder in the first degree (extreme indifference) or murder in the first degree (after deliberation)... then the defendant may be found guilty of either or both murder in the first degree."
Update: 12:08 pm. Foreman hands over verdict forms. Judge examines. Count 1: 1st degree murder: Guilty; Count 2: 1st degree murder: Guilty; Guilty on all 21 counts. (Update: Audio clip of reading of verdict here.)
After 11 hours of deliberations, the jury has reached a verdict in the Willie Clark murder trial. He's accused of killing Denver Bronco Darrent Williams. It will be read in 15 minutes.
I haven't been able to blog about the trial because it's too closely related to a certain federal drug case I'm involved in, but I will cover the verdict. [More....]
11:51 a.m. Jury now in the courtroom. Counts 1 and 2 are for first-degree murder (With "extreme indifference" and premeditation) and will be read first.
12:04 pm: Judge: We have a verdict. The Defense asks for DA Mitch Morrissey to be excused from sitting at prosecution table because he hasn't been present for entire trial. Denied. Judge thanks Willie Clark for his demeanor during trial. She hopes she can count on him to continue -- she understands he's hoping for one verdict over another. To those in attendance: Please be good. If you can't handle either verdict, leave now and go to the auxilliary room. She will take action if anyone misbehaves. Everyone rise while jurors come in.
Updates moved to top of post. Here's one later one: Video of DA Tim Twining (lead prosecutor at trial) after verdict: He says the jury unanimously found Willie Clark was both the driver and the shooter. He says the other shooter was "probably" in the front seat of the car (which according to their theory and Daniel Harris' testimony, would make him one of the witnesses jailed for contempt due to his refusal to testify. He says they will seek additional sanctions for the two witnesses held in contempt.
The jury has declined (so far) to speak to the press and the Judge gave them her direct phone line and e-mail address in case anyone bothers them.
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