Home invasion trial wraps up today
by Elane Jones
Feb 19, 2013 | 4548 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Walker County jury will hear closing arguments today in the trial of a Jefferson County man accused of playing a role in a home-invasion-style armed robbery and drive-by shooting that occurred in the Argo community in late 2007.

Authorities said Daniel Lavale Williams of Graysville and four other men kicked in the door of a residence on New Hope Drive in Argo on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, beat three women with a pistol and robbed them. As the men were leaving, they also reportedly shot into a occupied dwelling located next door, where the bullet struck a man who lived there in the chin while he was vacuuming. The man was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for a superficial gunshot wound to the chin, and the three women were also treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released.

Williams was taken into custody shortly after the incident at a shopping center in Graysville by Adamsville Police patrol officers and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies. At the time of his arrest, Williams was charged with first-degree robbery and burglary, second-degree theft of property, and three counts of third-degree assault.

He is currently being tried by prosecutors with the Walker County District Attorney’s Office in three separate cases — one which includes a three-count indictment for first-degree robbery, second-degree theft of property and third-degree assault; a second, which includes a six-count indictment for first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree theft of property, third-degree assault, shooting into an occupied dwelling and second-degree assault; and a third, which includes a three-count indictment for first-degree robbery, first-degree theft of property and third-degree assault.

Several witnesses have taken the stand since the trial began Thursday morning in the courtroom of Walker County Circuit Judge Jerry Selman.

Jurors heard testimony from Walker County Sheriff’s Investigator Tim Thomas on Thursday regarding interviews he conducted after Williams was taken into custody in 2007.

Walker County Sheriff’s Investigator Blair Huddleston, who was the first law enforcement officer on the scene the night of the crime, testified on Friday along with Nancy Sullivan, a ballistics expert from the Alabama State Forensics Laboratory, and one of the female victims.

The other female victims took the stand on Monday, just before Williams testified in his own defense about his role in the home-invasion-style armed robbery.

Williams testified he has continued to tell the truth about his involvement and had never saw any of the victims or ever been to the residence on New Hope Drive prior to the evening the crime occurred.

Shortly after Williams testified, the prosecution and defense both rested their cases. Members of the jury were dismissed for the evening by Selman and instructed to return to the courtroom at 10 a.m. today to hear closing arguments.