The jury found Akeem Williams guilty on both charges of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. It took the jury about three hours to reach their decision.
Tiko Heads family gathered outside the courtroom hugging over the decision. They said the verdict does not bring Tiko back, but certainly brings closure.
Before the jury handed in their verdict they wanted to re-listen to testimony regarding bullet residue on the autopsy.
According to an autopsy analyst that took the stand, a gun shot wound inches away from the body would create gun residue on the body or on the clothing.
The defense argued Tiko Head pulled out the gun from his pocket, and Williams grabbed it in defense, causing the gun to go off.
John Thweatt, Chief Assistant District Attorney, who handled the case believes the lack of gun residue found on the body had to do with the jury’s decision.
On June 23, 2016 Akeem Williams confronted Tiko Head over his missing Xbox system. Tiko died from a single gun shot wound to the chest during the argument.
In August a jury was unable to reach a decision, prompting a mistrial
The sentencing for Williams will be on December 8th at 9 am. in the Chemung County Corthouse.
John Brennan, Defense Attorney, says he plans to appeal the case.