FAIRFIELD — The ex-con who shot and killed Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia in 2008 is now acting as his own attorney after a judge’s ruling Wednesday.
The first thing Henry D. Williams did with his new status was get a two-month delay for an upcoming hearing about possible juror misconduct during Williams’ 2010 murder trial. The hearing was set for April 21. Judge Robert Bowers agreed to reset it for June 23.
For Bowers, the delay came with a sense of deja vu.
Bowers presided over Williams’ jury trial. In the months leading up to the trial, Williams tried repeatedly to use his constitutional right to act as his own attorney. Bowers agreed to Williams’ request in 2009, which ultimately bought him five months of delays before he changed his mind and requested the help of a lawyer.
The hearing Wednesday ended with Bowers spelling out the timeline that might play out if Williams changes his mind at or just before the June hearing.
Last year, the Court of Appeals ordered the hearing be conducted after Williams filed a writ of habeas corpus seeking a new trial. He claimed a juror had approached his wife in the courthouse hallway during a break in the jury trial and began talking with her in a conversation that eventually included the juror offering to trade his vote for sex.
The juror acknowledged having a brief conversation with Williams’ wife, but denies they exchanged anything but pleasantries.
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