WINCHESTER — The six-day trial of murder suspect Quadell Alik Grimes is scheduled to start Aug. 6.
Whether or not it truly happens will depend on negotiations with the Winchester Commonwealth’s Lawyer’s Workplace, stated Grimes’ legal professional William “Ben” Mann VI.
Grimes, who appeared on Tuesday in Winchester Circuit Court docket, is accused of capturing Kevin Riley within the parking zone of the Okinawa Restaurant at 571 Adams Drive on Oct. 28.
Mann stated after the listening to that Grimes was parked in his BMW within the parking zone by the 5 Guys restaurant, which is subsequent to the Okinawa Restaurant. Riley, who was on his technique to dinner at Okinawa with associates, was shot within the chest seconds after getting out of the passenger aspect of a car. Though Riley was unarmed, Mann contends the killing was in self-defense. He stated Grimes feared for his life resulting from a long-running feud between the 2 males. Mann would not say what the feud was about.
In accordance with Mann, the 30-year-old Grimes, of Hagerstown, Maryland, was visiting household in Stephens Metropolis on the night time of the killing. He stated Grimes had pushed to 5 Guys to purchase a milkshake, however he hadn’t gotten out of his car. He stated and the encounter between Grimes and Riley was coincidental, and he indicated that there was no surveillance video of it. “You shouldn’t assume there’s any video of what occurred on this case,” Mann stated.
Mann stated one of many witnesses to the killing is unreliable as a result of he’s a convicted felon who admits to consuming about six beers over three hours earlier than the murder. Mann would not say if the gun used to kill Riley had been turned over to police or if police had searched the BMW.
Winchester Police Division spokeswoman Capt. Amanda R. Behan stated in an e mail that she would not reply questions concerning the gun or automotive as a result of it might compromise the prosecution. Matthew J. Occhuizzo, the assistant commonwealth’s legal professional prosecuting the case, declined remark as a result of it would compromise the case.
Mann would not say how doubtless a trial is, however felony jury trials nationally and in Virginia are uncommon. Simply 3% of federal circumstances go to trial, in accordance with the Nationwide Affiliation of Felony Protection Attorneys. In Virginia, simply 1.3% of circumstances go to trial, in accordance with the Virginia Sentencing Fee. About 90% are determined in plea bargains and the rest in bench trials. Defendants are sometimes reluctant to take a case to trial as a result of juries are likely to sentence extra harshly than state sentencing guideline suggestions utilized in plea bargains.
To extend trials, the Democratically-controlled state legislature just lately handed a reform regulation on a largely party-line vote. The regulation permits defendants to resolve if they need juries or judges to resolve on sentencing after a conviction.
No matter whether or not the case is determined at trial or in a plea cut price, Riley’s household is in search of justice, in accordance with Riley’s sister Crystal Pruitt, who was in courtroom Tuesday. The household was close-knit and Riley, a 29-year-old HVAC technician from Winchester, was in style in the neighborhood. Some 300 folks turned out at a vigil for him after the murder.
Pruitt stated the household is organizing a kickball event in Riley’s identify this summer season to boost cash for the Winchester Parks and Recreation Division. Riley performed on a crew within the metropolis’s kickball league. Additionally they plan to sponsor a automotive in his identify within the annual demolition derby on the Frederick County Truthful to boost consciousness about gun violence.
“We’re nonetheless heartbroken. We miss Kevin each minute of each single day and his loss is felt not simply in our household, however all through the neighborhood” Pruitt stated. “I’m going to mattress each night time praying that we are going to get justice for him.”