Jury returns not guilty verdict on case involving murder charges

Following a five day trial, a Natchitoches jury found Quincy Nash not guilty on one count of second degree murder on Sept. 24. The charges stemmed from a shooting that took place on June 4, 2018 at Rex Waterwell Road, outside the City of Natchitoches. The victim, Brian Keith William Jr., was shot three times and died at the scene.

Joe Beck III, a long time public defender in the 10th JDC, was lead counsel for the defense. He was assisted at trial by John Boekenfohr and Howard Conday. Private Investigator Kim Jones assisted throughout the trial and testified on behalf of the defense. Charles Whitehead and Alice Martin assisted the defense team as well.

At the trial, numerous law enforcement officers and witnesses were called to testify on behalf of the state. After hearing their testimony, Beck’s cross examination of the state’s main witness and his closing arguments, the jury concluded that the state did not prove that Nash committed the murder and returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty.