A Jury has come back with a split verdict in the trial of defendant Delajhi Joyner. He was found not guilty for the death of 19-year-old Jermaine Langley Hill, Jr.
However, Joyner was convicted of manslaughter in the death of 36-year-old Shondre Jannelle Brown- Naylor. Joyner allegedly stabbed and ran over Brown-Naylor and Langley Hill, Jr. with a car on November 2, 2017 after an alleged altercation on Acacia Court in Frederick.
Closing statements were made this week in Frederick County District Court where DNA evidence, crime scene footage and autopsy photos were shown to the jury. While the defense said that Joyner acted in self-defense, and was drunk at the time of the incident; the State’s Attorney says it was not self-defense, and Joyner should be held accountable.
“The facts were very compelling. The Prosecutors materially presented the compelling case. These people were stabbed in the neck multiple times, they were run over by a vehicle, so the only possible reason that I can see is they misunderstood the law of self-defense. But, like with all Jury verdicts, we have to respect them, but respectfully disagree with them,” said Frederick County States Attorney, Charlie Smith.
We will update as more information comes in.