Jury deliberating in retrial of convicted cop killer

(WMC-TV) - A sequestered jury deliberated in the retrial of Timothy McKinney Sunday.

For over a decade, McKinney has been on death row for the murder of an off duty Memphis police officer.  He was granted a new trial after claiming that he received ineffective counsel.

The jury began their deliberations around 10 a.m. Sunday.

In McKinney's first trial, he was found guilty of shooting officer Don Williams to death.  At the time, Williams was working as a security guard at a local comedy club.

According to prosecutors, McKinney had been thrown out of the club by Williams and he returned later for a confrontation, in which Williams was shot.

During McKinney's new trial, his legal defense team tried to convince the jury that McKinney was not the gunman who shot Williams.

During closing arguments, prosecutors relied heavily on officer Frank Lee's eyewitness testimony.  Lee was Williams' security partner that night at the club and he identified McKinney as the shooter.

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

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

The jury did not reach a verdict Sunday night.  Court resumes Monday at 9 a.m.

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