Former HPD officer William Darby denied motion for new murder trial


MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — A Madison County judge denied former Huntsville Police officer William ‘Ben’ Darby’s motion for a new murder trial.

The defense listed over 30 errors in Darby’s murder trial that took place in May. In that trial, Darby was convicted of killing Jeffery Parker, while he was on duty in 2018.

The judge did not list a reason for denying the motion.

Darby’s lawyer, Robert Tuten, wrote that Darby was not given the right to a public trial because the court failed to allow spectators in the courtroom and confined them to a video viewing room, and then turned off the video feed every time an objection, argument, or controversial issue was raised.

The issue was not known to the defendant until the conclusion of the trial, Tuten wrote, so no objection was made.

Tuten wrote six errors that involved excluding evidence, including one when the court excluded evidence that Darby followed established procedures and protocol on the scene of the shooting.

In the summary of the over 30 errors Tuten wrote, “The cumulative effect of the multiple errors in trial adversely affected the Defendant’s substantial rights and seriously affected the fairness and integrity of the trial.”

You can view the entire motion here.

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