Jury Deliberations to Continue Monday in Zachary Sims Murder Case

Jurors charged with determining whether or not Zachary Sims is guilty of shooting 16-year-old Jamal Bell following a Go-Go party in Northwest DC will continue their deliberations Monday after failing to reach a verdict this week.

Judge William Jackson excused jurors Thursday afternoon after two jurors informed the court that they had scheduling conflicts that would prohibit them from attending court Friday.

Jurors are due back Monday morning to continue deliberations.

Sims, 19, is accused of killing Bell and wounding two others when he fired a gun into a crowd of young people in front of him as they left the graduation party on Georgia Avenue.

Sims’s defense attorney says the teen is innocent, that someone else entirely, someone wearing dark clothes that night while Sims wore a white t-shirt, is responsible for the murder and assault.

Monday will be the fourth day of deliberations.

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