Verdict reached in Jamie Washington trial

Verdict reached in Jamie Washington trial

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The jury has reached a verdict in a man standing trial for 2015 murder that happened in Albany.

Jamie Washington was found guilty of one count of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Washington was standing trial for the death of James Hawkins, 44, who was found dead behind a motel on West Highland Avenue.

Harvey Hawkins, who is the father of the victim, James Hawkins, spoke out after the verdict.

Harvey Hawkins talks about the guilty verdict and his family finding piece after the trial.
Harvey Hawkins talks about the guilty verdict and his family finding piece after the trial. (Source: WALB)

"I feel it. I mean, you know like I said the DA did a good job. I know in my heart that he knows in his heart that he was wrong. I wasn’t looking for him to break down or nothing but I was certainly looking for him to have a little more remorse than he did,' Hawkins told us.

Previous trial coverage:

[ Day 2: 2 of 3 men charged in 2015 Albany murder case take the witness stand ]

[ Day 3: Defendant in Albany murder trial takes the stand ]

Closing arguments:

Closing arguments were presented in an Albany murder trial Friday morning.

District Attorney Greg Edwards said this is a straight-forward case, arguing that the evidence and testimony from Mahoney and Offord prove that Washington is guilty.

Prosecutors also argued the confession Mahoney made in a letter and his statement to law enforcement prove Washington is guilty.

Edwards said because Offord and Mahoney are going back to jail, they don’t gain anything from telling the truth.

Cason Swan, Washington’s attorney, argued that the evidence is not proof that Washington was there that night on July 5, 2015 — the day Hawkins’ body was found. He also argued the video shown to the jury does not prove that either.

Swan argued there are conflicts in the evidence from the state. The state rebutted that the evidence is enough in the case.

Stating he wants the jury to pay close attention to the evidence, Edwards said finding the truth is the most important part of this case.

Judge Victoria Darrisaw charged the jury on Friday.

More background:

Mylan Mahoney and Malcolm Offord were also charged, but have entered guilty pleas, and testified against Washington.

Offord took a plea deal in June 2018 of 20 years, with 10 years to serve in prison. Mahoney took a plea deal, when he was already in jail, just days before the trial started. He will serve 10 years in prison.

Both Offord and Mahoney pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit armed robbery charges. The felony murder charges were dropped for both men.

WALB’s Darran Todd is covering the trial and will provide updates as the case progresses.

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