Defense Begins Its Case in McKinley Williams Murder Trial
The accused McKinley Williams of Kingshill is expected to make a statement in court when his trial for murder resumes at the High court this morning
Williams is on trial for the 2O14 death of Dwight Auguiste of Kingshill.
The prosecution closed its case on Friday after hearing from investigating officer Corporal Chaucer James.
In all 11 witnesses were called by the prosecution including the mother and sister of the accused. The defense case begins this morning.
Trinidad and Tobago lawyer, Keith Scotland who is prosecuting for the state said at the start of the trial last week , that the deceased may have been the aggressor by starting the fight, but the accused followed the deceased down the road and the accused was in no danger when he delivered a fatal blow.
Scotland is assisted by state attorney Carlita Benjamin.
Darius Jones is for the defense counsel.
An 8-woman, 1-man jury is hearing the trial.
Meantime, Director of Public Prosecutions, Evelina Baptiste has said many factors were taken into consideration before deciding to discontinue a case against Shane Degallerie on Friday.
Degallerie was first sentenced to 18 years in jail for the murder of 19 year old Justin Joseph at a shop in Pottersville in 2O1O, but the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal quashed his conviction and ordered a retrial citing errors by the trial judge.
Baptiste says having reviewed all the circumstances the office had no choice but to discontinue the case and allow Degallerie to walk away a free man.