DOVER — For a second day, witness credibility and mental health concerns arose in the murder trial of a 29-year-old man accused of a fatal drug deal turned robbery in 2010.
While Rakeisha Williams testified to arranging an Ecstasy transaction between defendant Isaiah W. McCoy and her late boyfriend in a Rodney Village area bowling alley parking lot, she also volunteered that diagnosed mild depression and post-traumatic stress disorder clouded her memory of events.
On Monday, alleged accomplice Dashaun White recalled being on suicide watch and having a mental breakdown during incarceration due to James J. Mumford’s shooting death, and admitted to many untruths during questioning and testimony in the aftermath.
Ms. Williams repeatedly said she couldn’t recall details she had previously testified to or told police during interviews, told lies at times, and didn’t know her motivations behind many of her responses. Also, she told of being “scared” to be forthcoming due to her inexperience with such a serious investigation.
At the end of the afternoon session, defense attorney Michael Wiseman unsuccessfully asked Superior Court Judge Robert B. Young to dismiss the case based on the totality of the purported inconsistent accomplice statements. Ms. Williams’ claim of mental health challenges were new to the defense, Mr. Wiseman argued, which was exacerbated by the passage of over six years since the alleged incident.
Ms. Williams was convicted of second-degree conspiracy, hindering prosecution and possession with intent to deliver in 2011 regarding the matter. Mr. White remains incarcerated due to his plea after arrest.
Mr. McCoy was initially convicted in the case in 2012, but the verdict was vacated by the Supreme Court based on actions by a prosecuting attorney and trial judge.
Citing the seeming uneveness of Ms. Williams’ testimony, Mr. Wiseman pushed to admit her previous statements and transcripts into evidence to capture the breadth of her inconsistencies. Judge Young expressed concern that the paperwork in hand could possibly bring more weight to fact than his recollection of the current testimony.
Speaking to Deputy Attorney General Greg Babowal on re-direct, Ms. Williams said she left an identification card in an SUV where the alleged transaction was set to be conducted, and later stayed in the basement of Mr. McCoy’s nearby residence for three before being transported to her Seaford home.
Ms. Williams testified that she traveled to the Dover area with Salisbury, Maryland resident Mr. Munford to make a drug deal involving the Ecstasy, cash and two grams of cocaine.
The late Mr. Munford was allegedly found with seven $100 bills in his pockets after his death.
The trial will resume today at 9 a.m.
Mr. McCoy is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and second-degree conspiracy, and could perhaps receive life in prison with a conviction. He has served approximately 6 1/2 years in prison since his arrest.
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