Sentenced to 50 years, an accused killer will get a brand new trial

HARTFORD — In a four-to-three resolution, the state Supreme courtroom Tuesday ordered a new trial for a Bridgeport man serving a 50-yr penal complex term for murder.

The state’s maximum courtroom dominated that Billy Ray Jones is entitled to a new trial because the trial decide did not coach the jury on the question of credibility of informants who are facing crook prices of their personal.

Jones’ attorney, Public Defender Mark Rademacher, spoke of the Supreme court docket made new law with its decision.

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Billy Ray “BJ” Jones, turned into convicted with murder, crook possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol with out permit within the June 21, 2010, deadly shooting of 29-12 months-historic Michael Williams.

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“It’s about time that the court warning all juries on the testimony of informants,” Rademacher mentioned. “here is the influence of a lot of recent wrongful convictions based on informant testimony.”

Bridgeport State’s legal professional Joseph Corradino declined remark.

In January 2017, Jones, of Highland Avenue, Bridgeport, turned into convicted by means of a superior court docket jury on homicide, possession of a pistol with no enable and criminal possession of a firearm expenses for the 2010 fatal taking pictures of 29-12 months-ancient Michael Williams. He changed into sentenced in March 2017 to 50 years in prison.

On June 21, 2010, Williams was found in the playground enviornment of the Greene buildings housing project, with gunshot wounds to the head and arm.

while there were a couple of individuals standing across the body when police arrived, no one admitted to seeing the shooting and the case remained unsolved for a couple of years.

Two individuals later came ahead and told police that they had witnessed Jones shooting the sufferer. at the time both witnesses both had crook fees pending against them. One admitted at trial that he hoped to get favorable medication from prosecutors in trade for his testimony.

Jones’ public defender at trial, Brad Buchta, asked the trial choose to give the jury a different instruction on weighing the credibility of both witnesses however the choose as a substitute gave the jury a extra widespread credibility of witnesses’ guide.

The state Appellate court docket later upheld Jones’ conviction and Rademacher appealed to the Supreme court docket.