NOT GUILTY In Dale County In 15 MinutesRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: May 10 2019 1:21 AM
DALE COUNTY: This week a case of Willful Torture and Child Abuse of a child with victim being under 4 years of age went to trial in the 33rd Judicial Circuit - Dale County Circuit Court.
The defendant, Jamal Marquez Anderson, was arrested by Ozark Police Department on December 8, 2017. Officer Juneau was the arresting officer.
The case went to trial this week before the Honorable William Filmore, Presiding Circuit Judge for the 33rd Judicial Circuit.
Anderson was represented by Shaun McGhee of Smith and McGhee Law Firm in Dothan.
The allegations against Anderson were presented. The victim was represented by the 33rd Judicial Circuit District Attorney Office. They were very zealous in the presentation of the case and the representation of the victim.
The defendant was alleged to have committed these acts on December 3, 2017. But the child was last seen by the defendant on December 3, 2017. He admitted to tapping the child on the hand when the child attempted to eat Jolly Ranchers because the child could have choked. The defendant pointed out to the mother two marks on the child's buttocks.
The mother testified to the same facts as the defendant represented.
The child now was last seen on December 3, 2017 by the defendant. It was not until December 7, 2017 that the child was interviewed by the Child Advocacy Center.
The child had marks on the back of the legs from a switch. But the defendant and mother both testified there were no switch marks on the child when last seen on December 3, 2017.
A issue the state wanted to block was questioning about the child's whereabouts from December 3 through December 7, 2017. The defense said it was unfair to block that questioning because the defendant deserved to question and defend himself against the allegations.
Defense Attorney Shaun McGhee did an excellent job in the representation of his client and the presentation of the facts before a jury of 12.
But in the end the facts could not be changed. They were what they were. And no evidence that the state had could prove that Mr. Anderson was responsible for the injuries to the child. The defense did not disagree with the prosecution the child had the switch marks. Just the disagreement the defendant was responsible for the injuries.
The child was not questioned from December 3 through December 7. The child could not indentify the defendant in court.
The case was presented. Both the victim and the defendant were represented with very qualified and experienced counsel. Both the prosecution and defense did an excellent job in the presentation of their cases. But again, the "facts" supported the defendant in the case.
The case went to the jury. In about 15 minutes the jury notified the court they had a verdict but asked for an additional 5 minutes in order to elect a foreperson.
The jury of 12 returned NOT GUILTY verdicts against the defendant.
Shaun McGhee of Smith and McGhee Attorneys At Law has been bust last week and this week. He is short in statue but a giant in fighting for legal representation of quality research and presentation of the case for his client.
Last week in the 20th Judicial Circuit Court Mr. McGhee got four NOT GUILTY verdicts int he cases he was counsel. And this week in the 33rd Judicial Circuit NOT GUILTY on this case.