Client Beats Murder Charge After His Lawyer Raps to Jury
DETROIT (AP) _ A man beat a murder charge after his lawyer rapped to the beat.
Rondelle Woods was accused of supplying a shotgun that another man used to shoot 19-year-old Douglas Melonson last year.
Police said Woods and the other man, Gregory Wheeler, were kicked out of a birthday party for Melonson’s sister, then returned with the weapon.
Woods’ attorney, William Hunter, took a fresh approach in his closing argument Friday to the Recorder’s Court jury. He rapped.
″Went to a party, sweet 16, decided to stay on the scene, was not there, looking for troubles, I’m a married man, working doubles ...″
The jury acquitted Woods of first-degree murder, but convicted him of possessing a sawed-off shotgun. He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 21.
Wheeler was convicted last year of second-degree murder and felonious assault. He is serving a 40- to 60-year prison term.