Two Men Found Not Guilty in the Murder of Arbie Wilson
The jury of five men and seven women have found Jameele Williams & Keith Horton not guilty in the shooting death of Arbie Wilson. The two were found guilty of reckless endangerment.
Testimony and closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday. Jurors received the case around 4:20 p.m. and deliberated for about an hour before leaving for the day. They resumed around 9 a.m. Thursday and reached a verdict on the charges around 5:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Williams and Horton were accused of shooting and killing Wilson, 21, after an argument that started at a party spilled out into the street last November. It happened in the bar of a downtown Erie hotel on West 18th Street.
Horton's cellmate at the Erie County Prison was called Wednesday as the final prosecution witness. The cellmate testified that Horton told him he shot Wilson but said it was in self-defense.
The defense then called two witnesses to the stand - a bounce at the bar near the crime scene and a friend of Williams.
Lawyers for the two defendants also claim surveillance video from that night shows two other men who could have been the killers.
Key prosecution testimony came Monday from Shadarea Flemings. Flemings said she had verbal arguments with the defendants at the party.
Later, she said the two men were outside firing handguns. Flemings testified Williams chased and fired a gun at her boyfriend while Horton pointed a gun at her while she hid in a car. She said she saw Wilson limping but never saw him shot.
Under cross examination, Flemings admitted she lied to police. Some of her story contradicts her testimony during an earlier court hearing.