Jimmy's Alibi is Supported by Three Other Individuals Willis Meredith, LaTanya Cason, and James Murray all support Jimmy's alibi. At the time of the murder, Jimmy had left his father's apartment and was on a city bus.
LaTanya Cason, who was merely an acquaintance of Jimmy's, unintentionally gave false information at Jimmy's trial. Ms. Cason and Jimmy remembered seeing each other in the afternoon on the day of the murder, after they both exited the K bus at Henry and Midvale Avenue at approximately 2:00 p.m. Because of some shopping she had done, Ms. Cason knew that she saw Jimmy about an hour to an hour and a half after cashing her check. Her check receipt was stamped at 13:03 in military time. Falsely believing that 13:03 meant 3:03 p.m., Ms. Cason estimated at the trial that she saw Jimmy between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. Now that she is aware that 13:03 is 1:03 p.m., she has given a statement that she would have seen Jimmy between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m., which supports Jimmy's alibi. Also, Ms. Cason estimated in her trial testimony that she worked until 2:00 p.m. that day. However, this was not possible, given that her check was stamped at 1:03 p.m. Though the prosecutor and the police had a copy of the check receipt, her false assumptions were not corrected.
Jimmy Was Not Involved in a Previous Incident in Which the Earrings Were Stolen Chedell Williams' former boyfriend, Walter Gilliard, testified at the trial that Miss Williams' earrings had been stolen previously, in June of 1991, just four months prior to her murder. Mr. Gilliard testified that Miss Williams had pointed out to him who had stolen the earrings, and that Jimmy wasn't this person. Mr. Gilliard stated that he learned on the street who had purchased the earrings from the thief, and he bought them back for Miss Williams for approximately $125.00. Jimmy was also not involved in the sale or the recovery of the earrings. In fact, no connection between Jimmy and the earrings was ever established.
No Confession Jimmy was unwilling to accept any plea bargains or deals. He has maintained his innocence since day one.
Twenty-six individuals vouched for Jimmy's good character and/or testified on Jimmy's behalf during the court proceedings.