UTICA – The murder retrial for the Yorkville man accused of killing Jamal Mathis in 2015 began Friday in Oneida County Court.
Ricky Woods Jr., 20, of Yorkville, is charged with second-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of Jamal Mathis on Dec. 19, 2015. On that night, police found Mathis dead of several gunshot wounds in a backyard of Leeds Street, allegedly following a party.
Woods was charged with the crime in March 2017, while he was already jailed in connection to a kidnapping and attempted murder incident.
During Woods’ first trial in Nov. 2017, witnesses testified that Woods and Mathis got into an argument in a driveway outside a party, and Woods then allegedly pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot Mathis.
Woods was found not guilty on the weapons charges, but the jury could not come to a unanimous decision regarding the murder charge, so it ended with a mistrial.
In Oneida County Court on Friday, jury selection was completed along with opening arguments, according to the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. Witness testimony is scheduled to begin on Monday.