Court to Render Judgment in Murder Trial of Journalist Tyron Brown on March 13

Jonathan Williams, the alleged murderer of Journalist Tyron Brown

Tubmanburg, Bomi County – The two-year murder trial of late Journalist Tyron Brown may come to an end on Friday, March 13, when the judge of the  11th Judicial Circuit Court, in Tubmanburg, Bomi County hands down ruling.

The case, which involves Defendant Jonathan Williams, held final arguments Friday,  March 6.

The prosecution, led by Assistant Justice Minister for Litigation Wesseh A. Wesseh and County Attorney Edwin Martin, argued on behalf of the state and prayed the court to bring a guilty verdict against the defendant based on the testimonies of witnesses and other pieces of evidence presented to the court.

Assistant Minister Wesseh stated that the law provides that the state should prove its case beyond all reasonable doubts, which, according to him, the State did in their arguments. He insisted that they proved in their arguments that Defendant Williams did willfully murder Journalist Brown.

“The corroboration of the testimonies of witnesses and that of the evidence is enough to find the defendant guilty for murder,” said  Wesseh.

Rather, the defense counsel, led by Cllrs. Jallah Barbue and his assistant Jimmy Bombo, resisted and counter-argued that the action of the defendant that led to the death of the journalist, was not willful because there was no previous intent as stated by the prosecution, therefore he cannot be charged with murder as the law provides and that before a crime of murder is committed there must be intent.

The two defense counsels further argued that the defendant did not know Tyron prior to the incident neither did any of the witnesses testify that he knew him prior to the incident.

The two defense counsels further stated in their arguments that Journalist Brown did enter the fenced Duport Road residence of the Defendant around 11p.m. while the defendant was resting.

According to them, the defendant had asked Tyron to leave his residence after it was reported to him by his niece, who lived with him that a strange person was in the yard as the Duport Area where they lived was infested with criminals mostly armed robbers.

The defense counsels added that the defendant acted in self defense as both the defendant and victim got into a tussle after he refused to leave his home and in the process was stabbed.

In his testimony before the court, Defendant Williams had admitted stabbing the defendant at his home while in the tussle during the incident but had thought that Brown had just been wounded. They further stated that while he (Williams) was taking him to hospital, along with a friend, they realized that he had passed and this friend told him that he could get into trouble if he took him to hospital. Acting out of fear, he dropped the body alongside the road. 

 “Your honor, defendant acted on fear but the state did not prove the element of murder in the case. Base on all of the pieces of evidence, therefore we prefer manslaughter because life was lost in the process,” said the defense counsel.

At the end of the argument, which was witnessed by a cross section of journalists, Judge Nancy Sammy told the parties that the court had heard their separate arguments and reserved ruling for Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m.

Journalist Tyron Brown, a reporter at the Super FM, was discovered dead on April 18, 2018 in the Duport Road Community. Hours later Jonathan Williams was arrested by the police and later charged.

The case was briefly heard in Montserrado County at the Criminal Court ‘A’. 

The venue was changed on request by the defense counsel based on alleged public sentiment.