Closing arguments made in retrial of convicted cop killer - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Closing arguments made in retrial of convicted cop killer

(WMC-TV) - Testimony continued on day five of the retrial of a death row inmate convicted of killing a Memphis police officer in 1997.

Officer Don Williams was shot to death while working a security job at Crumpy's Comedy Club.  Convicted killer Timothy McKinney was granted a new trial.

Saturday, defense attorney Gerald Skahan read witness statements from the night Williams was murdered.

A charge was presented to the judge to allow McKinney's wife to take the stand as an alibi witness.  The charge was denied.

McKinney's defense team accused the state of Tennessee of not providing sufficient physical evidence to convict a man whose life is on the line.

"This is a murder case," said Skahan.  "He's not accused of stealing a pack of cigarettes out of Kroger."

His defense team argued they did a better investigation than Williams' fellow officers did the night of the shooting.

The prosecution and defense both rested, but not before McKinney took the stand to go on the record that he would not testify in his defense.

During closing arguments, the prosecution relied heavily on officer Frank Lee's eyewitness testimony.  Lee was Williams' security partner that night at the club.

"I was there, I saw what you did and you did it," said Lee.

The prosecution also presented a PowerPoint presentation outlining the night's events.

The defense charged the jury to think independently and not make a decision based on McKinney's previous criminal history or prior conviction.

McKinney expressed little emotion during the closing arguments.

The prosecution declined to speak after arguments, but McKinney's attorneys said they were confident in their defense.

"We feel good," said Skahan.  "We made every argument we could make, and I know the state made every argument they could make, and tomorrow it's up to the jury to see what they want to do with it."

The jury must now decide if McKinney will go back to prison or walk free after 15 years on death row.

Court resumes Sunday at 9 a.m.

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