On November 1, 2013, William "Jody" Byrd was found guilty of the February 25, 1999 murder of his wife, Desta Dodson Byrd. Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey, who was appointed as special prosecutor to the case, along with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Scott Gilliland, successfully prosecuted the case against Byrd. Lt. Scott Bartle of the Alabama Bureau of Investigations also played a key role in the prosecution team.
The trial began on Monday, October 28, 2013, with Judge Jack Meigs presiding. Testimony concluded Thursday afternoon when the defense rested after calling only one witness and with Byrd not taking the stand in his own defense. The jury received the case before lunch on Friday and deliberated for less than three hours.
Sentencing is tentatively scheduled to take place in December, 2013. Casey said she will ask for a sentence of 99 years.
We wanted to remind everyone that William "Jody" Byrd is scheduled to stand trial for the 1999 murder of his wife, Desta Dodson Byrd, on Monday, October 28th in Bibb County. With the trial coming up, we ask that you please keep Desta's family, friends, and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.
William Jody Byrd was scheduled to stand trial for the 1999 murder of his wife, Desta Dodson Byrd, on October 22, 2012 but that trial date will be continued. We anticipate a new trial date sometime in the Spring of 2013. And although he was originally denied bond, it was later granted by Judge Meigs and thus William Jody Byrd remains free at this time.
We will post trial date information when it becomes available. Until then, please keep Desta's friends, family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for your continued support!!!
Please note that this case is set for trial on October 28, 2013 in Bibb County, Alabama.
Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey has been appointed as special prosecutor to represent the state of Alabama in the capital murder case against William Jody Byrd.While we are saddened that Mr. Ransom and the fine team of people at the office of the Bibb County District Attorney won't be with us to see this case through to the end, we're very grateful to have Ms. Casey on board and look forward to working with her entire office. For more information on Ms. Casey, please see this article written by Carol Robinson of The Birmingham News.