-To Get Trusted Lawyers
By R. Joyclyn Wea
The late Liberian journalist and employee of Super FM/TV Tyron Brown murder Jonathon Williams has pleaded with Criminal Court “A” Judge Roosevelt Z. Willie for time to enable him get a trusted lawyer to defend his (Jonathon Williams) interest.
Defendant William on Wednesday august 15, 2018 beg the court to give him three weeks to find a lawyer whom he believes can best defend his involvement in the gruesome murder of the late journalist Tyron Brown.
The defendant further informed the court that his family members are negotiating for a private lawyer who will represent his interest and he therefore requested the court to give him three weeks to come out with someone who will adequately represent him.
The court maintenance quoted Williams at saying “Your honor, currently I don’t have a lawyer but my family is assisting me to secure a lawyer. We are now in the final stage of the negotiation and I plea your honor within three weeks to secure and negotiate with the lawyer who shall also review the case file and submit.”
Williams extension of time was predicated upon the submission made by the counsel from the public defense office informing the court that their term of reference was now distinguished based on the fact that those whom they were representing their cases were dropped by the prosecution and to which they wanted the court to ascertain from the principal defendant Mr. Jonathan Williams as to whether he had a private lawyers or counsel.
In view of that request and in further consultation with him, and the prosecution, the three weeks was reduced to two weeks by Judge Willie of Criminal Court “A”.
Accordingly, Mr. William is granted two weeks, meaning that, on august 29, 2018, this case will resume for trial in the court at 9:30a.m. Mr. Williams is therefore advised that after he and his family members will have consulted and retained a lawyer will meet with the clerk of this court prior to august 29, 2018 to take hold of the files or make copies of the file to be adequately prepared to represent him on the date and time to be represented. It is hereby so ordered and matter suspended,” the court maintenance reflected.
Accordingly, co-defendants Caesar Kennedy, Massa Kennedy, and Juana Bracewell were present in the dock and represented by the office of the public defenders of Montserrado County to include all defense lawyers present in court was Cllr. Joseph P. Debblay And Atty. Jallah G. Zumo.
Furthermore, the co-defendants are expected to be used as state witnesses since in fact they witnessed the scene and have detail information regarding the murder of late Tyron Brown.
Meanwhile, the alleged murderer of super FM/TV photo journalist, Tyron Browne and his accomplices on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, get first South Beach experience after being dragged to the court of first instance (Monrovia City Court) by the Liberia National Police (LNP) for their separate role(s) in the gruesome murder of the fallen Liberian journalist Browne.
The police investigation resolved to charge suspect Jonathan William with the crime of murder in view of the supra facts and circumstances deriving from its investigation surrounding the murder of Browne.
The action by suspect William according to the LNP’s charged sheet violates chapter 14, subchapter A, section 14.1 of the penal Law of Liberia.
The police charge sheet explained that suspect William actions were premeditated as he came out of his room with a knife and following the murder, he criminally transported and dumped the body of the victim Browne along the road side.
Williams allegedly washed the vehicle and wiped away the blood stain as a means of discarding evidence of the crime committed in order to avoid its discovery by state security and finally did not report himself to the LNP till his arrest on April 20, 2018 five days after the crime (April 16, 2018) through the aid of former Police Director, Chris Massaquoi.
The investigation also established that suspect Jonathan Williams on the 20, of April 2018 prior to his arrest on that same day went to former Police Director Chris Massaquoi’s house in the Du-Port road Community to seek his legal advice knowing him (Massaquoi) as a former Director and lawyer and there Mr. Massaquoi immediately informed the police through Col. Joseph B. Flomo which led to his (William) arrest on that very day.
Police probe also established thoroughly that all of those that witnessed the crime to include suspect Alice Youti, Edwina Promise Youti, Massa Kennedy, Caesar Kennedy and Joana Brecewell did not report the matter to the police; they remained mute until the arrest by Police through intelligence.
As the result of their role-played, Police also charged co-defendants Massa Kennedy, Alice Youti, Edwina Promise Youti with the exception of suspect William, and Joana Brecewell were charged with hindering law enforcement in violation of chapter 12.4 of the penal law of Liberia.