According to Arkansas news reports, Kelvin Beasley, 26, who was convicted of capital murder in 2005 for the death of rapper Jermaine Jacko "J-Rock", 24, case was ruled 6-1 on Thursday to be entitled to a new trial.
According to Arkansas news reports, Kelvin Beasley, 26, who was convicted of capital murder in 2005 for the death of rapper Jermaine Jacko "J-Rock", 24, case was ruled 6-1 on Thursday to be entitled to a new trial by the state Supreme Court.
Jermaine Jacko "J-Rock" was allegedly killed in 2005 at a Little Rock apartment complex by Kelvin Beasley after police where informed that Beasley was the shooter and was seen with Jacko along with two other people. Beasley was later sentenced to life in prison without parole on July 10, 2005.
During the bond-reduction hearing, witness Lakisha Smith came forth and stated that she lied when she identified Beasley as the shooter and stated that she did it because another person had threatened her and also added that she left right before the shooting occurred. Smith was cross-examined by Beasley's attorney and when it came time for the trial Smith was unable to be located after several attempts to deliver a subpoena was made to her. In the end, Smith's transcript from the bond-reduction hearing were not admitted.
During the trial, another witness also changed their story about the shooter, but it was about what the shooter was wearing. Beasley claimed that his attorney would have asked Smith more questions, but at the bond-reduction hearing there was no reason to.
Other witnesses reportedly told police Beasley shot Jacko twice, then drove around the apartment building parking lot a few times before returning to shoot Jacko again several times.