Supreme Court to review case of man convicted of assaulting Meriden officer

MERIDEN — A man convicted of assaulting a city police officer in 2008 is appealing his case to the Connecticut Supreme Court, saying that a video shown during the trial was not available in the jury deliberation room.

William Jones, 35, was convicted of assault on an officer in June 2010 and sentenced to 78 months in prison. He appealed the decision, but the state’s Appellate Court affirmed the conviction on Feb. 28, 2013.

The appeal and complaint by Jones centers on a police dashboard camera video shown in its entirety eight times and partially shown another eight times during the trial, according to a legal brief. The defense counsel asked that the jury be allowed to view the video in the jury deliberation room, but the judge said there was not sufficient equipment. The judge said if the jury wanted to see the video again, it would be shown in the courtroom with both attorneys present.

The jury deliberated for an hour without asking to see the video, the legal brief said.

On Dec. 12, 2008, Jones was stopped by Meriden police after officers saw a suspected drug deal, according to court filings. When police stopped the car, Jones was driving. Jones backed up the car, then drove forward toward officers, and the officers fired two shots. The car ran over the foot of one of the officers.

The case is scheduled for a hearing Monday before the Supreme Court.



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