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Jurors Continue Deliberations in Boston Festival Shooting Trial



    Jury in Dawnn Jaffier Trial Touring Scene of Crime

    Prosecutors say Keith Williams and Wesson Colas were rivals who confronted each other with guns near a Caribbean festival in Dorchester in August 2014. Prosecutors say Williams fired, but Colas did not.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017)

    Jurors entered their third full day of deliberations on Wednesday in the trial of two men charged in the shooting death of an innocent bystander at a Caribbean street festival in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

    Keith Williams, 21, and Wesson Colas, 25, are both charged with first-degree murder.

    Prosecutors say Williams fired a shot that killed 26-year-old Dawnn Jaffier but was aiming for Colas, who allegedly drew his gun first.

    Jaffier, a city youth worker, was shot in the head as a result of the August 2014 confrontation on Blue Hill Avenue.

    Last week, jurors toured the crime scene and Jaffier's family and friends testified in court after opening statements.

    Talia Hyatt, one of Jaffier’s friends, said she had been walking with Jaffier to the parade in Dorchester when she heard gunshots.

    "I looked behind me," Hyatt said. "She was on the ground."

    Jaffier's father, Ian Jaffier, said he ran into his daughter the day before the parade. The next time he saw her she was on life support after the shooting.

    "She was pretty much already gone, she was just on life support," he said.

    Defense lawyers for Williams and Colas had asked a judge to separate the case because the men are rivals but they were tried together.

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