Syracuse, NY — Jurors know virtually the whole lot about homicide suspect Charles Williams III’s whereabouts the night of Orion Thompson’s homicide: in spite of everything, he was carrying a parolee GPS ankle bracelet.
However it will possibly’t show precisely the place he was for 60 seconds the night time of Sept. 22 — the second that Orion Thompson was killed from a gunshot to his chest inside a vacant Butternut Road constructing that after housed Cougar’s bar.
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Throughout closing arguments in Williams’ homicide trial Tuesday, prosecutor Shaun Chase pointed to Williams’ suspicious habits earlier than and after that minute as proof of guilt. Williams was in entrance of the vacant constructing at 8:10 p.m. He was behind the constructing at 8:11 p.m., his parole bracelet confirmed. He instantly went residence, modified his garments and returned to the scene.
However protection lawyer Nick DeMartino argued that not one of the forensic proof might put Williams within the room with Thompson on the second of the taking pictures. And, he argued, safety video from down the block confirmed the sufferer working from the constructing’s inside throughout his dying moments at the very same second that Williams’ GPS recorded the suspect exterior the constructing.
Chase didn’t straight confront DeMartino’s time evaluation, however requested the jury to bear in mind their expertise with how GPS works — together with its limitations as to pinpointing precisely the place and when one thing occurred between pings.
Each attorneys agreed that the one different means for Williams’ to have gotten from the entrance of the vacant constructing to the again in that one minute would have been to go down an adjoining driveway. DeMartino stated he couldn’t precisely inform the jury what his shopper’s path was. However Chase pointed to surveillance video that, he stated, confirmed that nobody walked down that driveway across the time of the homicide inside.
Not a lot else was in dispute in the course of the one-week homicide trial earlier than state Supreme Courtroom Justice Gordon Cuffy. DeMartino even acknowledged that Williams was the prime suspect that police recognized by way of surveillance video from the scene. And he admitted that Williams gave the impression to be “performing fishy” — as one detective described it — on the time.
However none of that’s proof past an affordable doubt, he argued.
For his half, Chase acknowledged he couldn’t describe a motive for the homicide. Not one of the dozen or so witnesses exterior the vacant constructing would testify at trial. And there was no forensic proof straight linking Williams to the homicide.
Nonetheless, Chase stated, the science of GPS and the timing of Williams’ actions on surveillance cameras proved the case past an affordable doubt.
Science doesn’t lie, DeMartino agreed. However the timing merely didn’t add up.
The jury started deliberating Tuesday in Williams’ homicide case. If convicted, he faces as much as 25 years to life in jail.