Teen wanted to 'catch a body,' jury told
On July 10, 2007 in Castor Gardens, Philadelphia on the 1300 block of Greenby St. a man, Kwok Wai Ho, 69 yrs. old died from a head injury at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after he was beaten and "robbed" by Marquis Walker-Williams. The Walker-William trial's opening day was on Tuesday with the witness's Kyhree Greennagh, Maurice Kemp and Tyhara Cobb, all of Walker-Williams friends that where with him before he said "Ya'll want to catch a body?" Meaning assault a complete stanger and flee.
He is charged with general murder, meaning that if found guilty the jury will decide what degree of murder was committed.
Walker-Williams and his friends walked by Kwon Wai Ho, then Walker-Williams decided to stangle Wai Ho, a nieghbor seen what was going on and yelled at Walker-Williams. He then dropped Wai Ho, causing Wai Ho to have a head injury.
"He was attempting to rob him; he didn't mean to kill him," Greennagh said on the witness stand yesterday.
Greennagh said that he cautioned Walker-Williams against targeting Ho because the neighbor was on her front porch.
Maurice Kemp, 19, said that he also thought that it was a bad idea because Ho - who was of Chinese descent - was a friendly man who regularly walked the Northeast community.
Tyhara Cobb, 16, who was also in the group of boys, said that he had warned Walker-Williams: "Don't touch him, he's too old."
"I was stunned," Cobb told the jury. "I was shocked."
The trial had a rought start, when three spectators made threatening comments to the witness's. Judge Shelly Robins ejected them and told them " if they are spotted in the building during the trial, they would be in contempt of her order and jailed for six months".