Randy Washington, 36, may face a rather unsympathetic jury in his lawsuit against courtroom deputy sheriffs for excessive force. Washington has accused them of excessive force in restraining him after he decked his lawyer in court. Washington hit Jessica Lyons as she tried to defend him on a murder charge. Washington says that he was not resisting but was slammed to the ground — resulting in a broken wrist.
On the morning of Oct. 29, 2014, Washington, 36, was a passenger on a train when Silas Johnson, 64, boarded. Washington texted his girlfriend saying, “I’m gonna get this old head when he gets off.” Washington then grabbed Johnson, threw him to the ground and then fired two lethal shots into him.
Washington was previously represented by another lawyer but he threatened that lawyer.
Though Washington hit Lyons in the head, he claimed officers did not have to throw him to the ground and that they also did not take him for an x-ray after a week to confirm that his wrist was broken.
He now faces 30 years after being convicted guilty of murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a handgun, resisting arrest by flight, and obstructing the administration of law. He was found not guilty of resisting arrest by force. It is surprising that the sentence was not life.
Washington is also accused of killing George Jamison, 43, who was shot and killed on July 30, 2014, while he sat on a bus stop bench in Trenton. Police believe that he is responsible for a series of robberies.