On Friday, Sept. 24 at 3:45 p.m., following a five day trial, a Natchitoches jury found Quincy “Flame” Nash not guilty on one count of second-degree murder. The charges stemmed from a shooting that took place June 4, 2018, at Rex Waterwell Road, outside the city of Natchitoches.
The victim, Brian Keith William Jr., was shot three times and died at the scene. Joe Beck III, a long time public defender in the 1Oth JDC, was lead counsel for the defense. He was assisted at trial by John Boekenfohr and Howard Conday. Private Investigator Kern Jones assisted throughout the trial and testified on behalf of the defense. Charles Whitehead and Alice Martin assisted the defense team as well.
At the trial, numerous law enforcement officers and witnesses were called to testify on behalf of the state. After hearing their testimony, Beck’s cross examination of the state’s main witness and his closing arguments, the jury concluded that the state did not prove that Nash committed the murder and returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty. Nash’s claim of innocence was vindicated by the verdict.
The defense team offers condolences to the family of the victim.