Wilson found guilty in wife's murder

July 10, 2008 5:26:50 PM PDT
After three days of deliberation, a Wake County jury found Jakiem Wilson guilty of first degree murder in the death of his wife Nneka. The verdict came at 3 p.m. Thursday after several days and several questions from the jury to the judge.

With a first degree murder conviction, Wilson, 24, faces the death penalty or life in prison.

Many courtroom observers expressed surprise at the length of the deliberations. The jury asked several questions. Most recently they wanted to see a transcript of earlier witness testimony.

"In my discretion I'm denying that request," Wake County Superior Court Judge Henry Hight told the jury.

Jurors wanted to read testimony given by eyewitness Roderick Howell.

"I saw her body," Howell testified. "She wasn't wearing any clothes. There was a lot of blood everywhere."

Howell told the court Wilson picked him up along with and another man named Jamie Holder one night in February 2007.

He said Wilson drove them to the house Wilson shared with his wife and two small children. Howell said he had no idea they were being taken to a murder scene. Howell told the jury he and another man, Jamie Holder, helped stage the murder scene to look like a gang murder.

Holder said Wilson even forced him to write a message in Nneka Wilson's blood on the kitchen floor. He continued, telling jurors that at one point as the three cleaned up blood in the couple's bedroom, Wilson used Nneka's brush to scrub the carpet.

"He said that b----, she's not gonna need her hairbrush no more, [and] started scrubbing the floor with it," Holder said.

In the midst of deliberations, jurors were allowed to examine the murder weapons (two knives) again.


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