Norwich murder case headed for trial

The next murder case to go on trial in New London Superior Court is that of Daquan “Q” Holmes, who is accused of fatally shooting Johnny Amy on Franklin Street in Norwich on May 21, 2011.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin April 23 before Judge Barbara Bailey Jongbloed.

Holmes, who is charged with murder and attempted murder, turned down an offer from prosecutor Stephen M. Carney to plead guilty in exchange for a 40-year prison sentence. Through his attorney Christopher Duby, he indicated he would accept an offer involving a 35-year prison sentence. But when the prosecutor came back with an offer of 37 years during Holmes’ court appearance Thursday, he turned it down.

Judge Hillary B. Strackbein told him he faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted of murder, and Holmes said he understood.

According to testimony at previous court hearings, Holmes was involved in an altercation outside of Chacers bar on Franklin Street at about closing time. Witnesses said William “Trig” Long retrieved a Ruger .22 pistol at his East Main Street apartment and returned to the Franklin Street area.

Witnesses said Amy, 25, was walking on Franklin Street with another man when Holmes and Long got out of a car, and Holmes shot Amy. Amy’s companion told police that Amy was not the intended target of the shooting and that before the shooting, the companion told Holmes and Long, “You got the wrong guys.”

Amy died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Long is also incarcerated on murder charges. His case will be resolved after Holmes’.

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