Scenes from the Maddox conviction

tjndc5-5nj0xqg5ocl1jmld03jz_thumbnailWalter Maddox has been convicted of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and a slew of other sex crimes for three rapes in south Yonkers in 2008, one of them ending fatally.

Click here to read the story about the verdict. Now here’s the extra scoop:

The verdict came down at 2:15 p.m. One side of the courtroom was nearly filled with members of the Westchester District Attorney’s office, which is typical when verdicts are read in homicide trials. No one was there for Maddox, except the dozen or so court officers surrounding Maddox and guarding the door in case he tried to make a run for it.

Acting state Supreme Court Justice William A. Wetzel told everyone in the courtroom to remain seated and not react while the verdicts were read on all 13 counts. Everyone, including Maddox, complied.

After the courtroom emptied out, I waited around to interview jurors. And I waited. And waited. They must have been escorted out through the back passageways, because I didn’t even see them leave the third floor. I was hoping one of them would go to LoHud.com and comment on the online story (which some jurors have done in past cases) but no such luck.

I’d still like to talk to some jurors, so if you’re one of the 12 people who found Maddox guilty, please leave a comment here. Thanks!

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.