WENY News - Both sides react to guilty verdict in Xbox murder trial

Both sides react to guilty verdict in Xbox murder trial

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ELMIRA, NY (WENY) -- The Elmira man accused of murdering another man over an X-box back could now spend the rest of his life in prison. Late Thursday morning, a Chemung County jury found Akeem Williams guilty of all charges for the 2016 death of Tiko Head.

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"I think he's disappointed," says John Brennan, William's Defense Attorney. "He's expressed to me throughout the case that he feels extremely bad that this resulted in the death of another person. I think it's just disappointment all around."

Prosecutors say Williams shot and killed Head in June 2016 while the two argued in an Elmira apartment Williams testified that Head had the gun - and it went off as Williams tried to wrestle it away during a scuffle.
     
Earlier this year, a jury was unable to reach a decision, forcing a mistrial. This time, the jury reached a guilty verdict on both Second Degree Murder and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
     
The murder charge alone faces a maximum of 25 year to life in prison.

"It's a different jury--it's a different group of people. And that made the difference," says John Thweatt, Chemung County Chief ADA. "Regardless of the amount of time they spent in deliberation, it was very clear they were paying attention and that they were analyzing all of the critical evidence."

The Chemung County District Attorney's Office says the hope is the verdict will bring closure for Tiko Head's family.

"It's our hope this is going to bring them some sense of satisfaction, some sense of relief for the loss that was sustained with the death of their son," says Thweatt.

"This has just really taken a toll on everyone," says Mary and Ronald Jones, Head's parents. "It's not going to bring him back, but at least now we can move forward with our lives."

Sentencing is scheduled for December 8th in Chemung County Court.

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