Man convicted of killing Memphis police officer to get new trial - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man convicted of killing Memphis police officer to get new trial

(WMC-TV) - The man convicted in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer in 1997 has been granted a retrial.

Monday morning, jury selection will begin in the retrial of Timothy McKinney, who was convicted of killing Memphis police officer Don Williams at a security job he took at a local comedy club.

McKinney's new legal team had argued he never got a fair trial.

Williams was shot the day after Christmas in 1997 while working security at Crumpy's Comedy Club, now a cleaners.  There was hope he would pull through, but Williams died a month after the shooting.

The community rallied to support the family Williams left behind.

Police identified their suspect immediately after the shooting as McKinney, who was 23 at the time.  Witnesses said he was seen arguing with Williams after being thrown out of the club.

McKinney was convicted of murder in 1999 and sentenced to death.

Since his sentencing, a new team of lawyers scoured through records.  In 2010, McKinney was granted a new trial.

A document from the court of appeals states that the court believes McKinnie was deprived of the effective assistance of counsel at both the guilty and penalty phases of the trial and that the judgment of the post-conviction court is reversed and the matter remanded for a new trial.

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