Family reacts to guilty verdict

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — A family is getting closure tonight and a killer is sitting behind bars. It took a jury less than five hours to find 18 year old Justin Jones guilty of murder in a shooting at Railroad Park. WIAT 42 News was at the reading of the verdict and has reaction from the victims family.

When asked if Jarmaine Walton is resting in peace, his mother got emotional. “Oh yeah he’s at peace,” said Valerie McKiney. “I’m fixing to go to the grave site with some flowers.”

Today’s guilty verdict is the culmination of an emotional seventeen months for Valerie McKiney.

“That’s all I wanted was justice and I got it,” said McKiney.

Surrounded by friends and family for support, she listened as a jury of twelve found Jones guilty of reckless murder. They believe that on March 17 of 2013 he shot Valerie’s son Jarmaine in the head at Railroad Park.

“We’re happy with the verdict,” says Patricia Pickett, Jarmaine’s aunt. “We’re thankful. I don’t wish nobody to ever be in these shoes.”

Although there was very little physical evidence linking Jones to the crime, an eye witness came forward. Defense attorney Charles Salvagio believes it swayed the jury.

“An eye witness makes a good case,” says Salvagio. “if they make a good showing, you’re in trouble.”

However Walton’s family says after months of silence they are grateful someone finally came forward.

“And I wish more kids would get off the street stuff and do what it takes,” says Pickett. “Cause there’s so many other murders in this city that are unsolved.”

Jones is due back in court at 9 a.m. on September 25 for sentencing.

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