Jury finds Railroad Park shooter guilty of reckless murder

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Jurors in the case of alleged Railroad Park shooter Justin Jones found him guilty Wednesday of reckless murder in the March 2013 shooting death of 15-year-old Jarmaine Walton.

“I am thankful to everybody who has played a part in making this what it is. I’m sorry for his family. I apologize over and over because two people have been lost in this,” said Walton’s aunt, Patricia Pickett. “So again, what happened with the verdict, we’re thankful. I don’t wish nobody to ever be in these shoes.”

“Anytime you’ve got an eyewitness, the state’s got something,” said defense attorney Charles Salvagio. “I actually thought it might be a hung jury, I really did. But they took their time to make this decision. I’m a little bit surprised it wasn’t a hung jury.”

The shooting happened last summer at Railroad Park. The prosecution’s only witness, Jahouston Wesley, took the stand Wednesday.

Wesley told the court he saw Jones fire a shot that killed Walton. The defense maintained Wesley’s testimony because his story about that day has changed several times.

Walton was shot and killed in Railroad Park on Sunday, March 17, 2013. “He’s at peace. I’m fixing to go over to the grave site and put some flowers,” said Walton’s mother, Valerie McKenny. “His birthday is on the 31st of July. So we’re gonna have something.”

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