Defense attorney Lawrence Hawkins III has filed a notice of alibi in the case that states, “King claims that he was at home, 513 South Front Street, Hamilton, Ohio, on March 11, 2016 during the time of the shooting that occurred killing Jaylon Knight.”
King has been held in the Butler County Jail in lieu of $650,000 bond since his arrest.
Hawkins III filed motions to suppress DNA evidence and statements to Hamilton police at trial, but after hearings, the motions were denied by Judge Keith Spaeth. A shoe obtained from King’s porch by police, all DNA and King’s interrogation tapes from March 13, 2020 and Sept. 15, 2020 will permitted for use.
Hamilton Detective Frank Botts testified in a June hearing that he and another detective observed the shoe in plain sight on the porch of the residence when they went to question King. The white Nike shoe was on its side. Botts said he could see a sole pattern similar to prints left at the shooting scene.
The detective picked up the shoe, photographed it and put it back on the porch, and they went to get a search warrant.
Hawkins filed a motion to withdraw as King’s attorney because of a conflict. He had represented a prosecution witness previously during a preliminary hearing in a lower court. During a hearing Thursday, the witness and King both signed a waiver that they had no problem with Hawkins remaining on the case. The judge then denied Hawkins’ motion.
Spaeth ordered 50 potential jurors for jury selection that is scheduled to begin this morning.