Jury Deliberates the Fate of Timothy McKinney
(Memphis) Judge Lee Coffee allowed the jury to call it a day after spending all day Sunday going through the evidence and testimony given to them over the six-day retrial of Timothy McKinney.
“Our experience in these matters with a sequestered jury is it’s best to let them have some rest,” said District Attorney Spokesperson, Vince Higgins. “You don’t know what kind of medical conditions are going on here. People need their rest.”
Higgins is also a cousin to Don Williams. Williams is the off-duty officer McKinney is accused of murdering outside a comedy club in 1997.
Higgins says the family wants closure and now will have to wait another day.
“It’s tough. It’s been a long week and it’s been a long 14 years,” said Higgins. “What I told the family is we have no way of controlling that. This is completely up to the jury. It’s the best justice system on earth and we need to let it takes it course,” he added.
Defense Attorney Gerald Skahan says a jury cannot be rushed. He believes there is no way to know if a lengthy deliberation, like this, is a good or bad thing for his client.
“Juries are a guessing game on how long they’re going to take,” said Skahan. “They’ve been back there working. They haven’t asked any questions which often times juries do. You’ve got to assume they’re back there working hard.”
And now that hard work will continue Monday morning.