Prosecutors in Case Against Ex-NBA Star Take the Stand

Prosecutors in Case Against Ex-NBA Star Take the Stand

Published September 29, 2009

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey prosecutor who heads the office that tried Jayson Williams for manslaughter says he reacted with "anger and disappointment" when he found out that an investigator had used a racial slur to describe the former NBA star.

But Hunterdon County Prosecutor J. Patrick Barnes says he didn't think to try and remove former Capt. William Hunt, who is white, from the case.

Barnes testified Tuesday in state Superior Court. Williams' defense team is seeking to show that the investigation was racially biased.

Williams, who is black, was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter in 2004 but convicted of covering up the fatal shooting of a hired driver. He faces a retrial on a reckless manslaughter count.

Barnes' office didn't disclose the racial slur to defense attorneys until 2007.

Written by Associated Press

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