LIBERIA: Court Finds Alleged Journalist Killer Guilty Of Murder

The Late Tyron Brown

TUBMANBURG, – The 11th Judicial Circuit Court Tuesday came down with a guilty verdict against defendant Jonathan Williams in the murder case of the late journalist Tyron Brown in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.

Judge Nancy Sammy, in her final ruling, said the ruling was based on the testimonies of both parties and statements by witnesses they provided during the trial.

Judge Sammy started one consideration was whether or not the pleas of self-defense and temporary insanity by the defendant are tenable to warrant the reduction of the crime of murder to manslaughter.

She stated that reason two as whether or not the state established a prima facie evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to warrant the conviction of the defendant on the charge of murder.

Judge Sammy then said defendant Jonathon Williams did not firstly inform the police that he was suffering from insanity or was not normal when he committed the act.

The assigned judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Tubmanburg added that the action of the defendant to use gloves and others under the pretext of taking the victim to the hospital, which he never did, but rather dumped his remains along the roadside shows no sign of insanity.

Judge Sammy also said Journalist Tyron Brown was not a criminal as described by defendant Williams, through the fact that his nice Alice Youti recognized Tyron when she saw him on the ground in their fence after being stabbed.

The Judge disclosed that suspect Williams had no right to stab Tyron Brown more than once under the pretence of self-defense.

Judge Sammy, in her judgment, described the testimony of the defendant’s witnesses as a cover up to prevent their uncle from problem.

Judge Sammy said suspect Williams’ failure to take journalist Tyron Brown to the hospital after stabbing him was intentional.

Suspect Williams was, therefore, found guilty of the crime of murder.

Judge Sammy mandated the probation services of Montserrado County to conduct a pre-sentence investigation of the defendant and submit a report and file same with the Clerk of the court before Friday of this week.

The Court has scheduled the sentence hearing for Monday, March 23, at 10:00 a.m.

It can be recalled on September 20, 2018 the Supreme Court of Liberia transferred the murder case involving journalist Tyron Brown and suspect Williams to the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Tubmanburg, Bomi County for trial.

On February 21, 2020 assigned Judge Nancy Sammy of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court began trial of the case.

Defendant Williams pleaded not guilty and sought a bench trial, which was granted by the court.

During the trial, the Prosecution provided six witnesses who testified in favor of the State while the defence provided three witnesses.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.