The man charged with the murder of Darlene Bryant in 2015 was found guilty.
Delonte Wynn was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder while armed.
Throughout the trial, the defense argued Wynn’s innocence based on the belief that two key witnesses, Donnell Howard and Charles King, testified falsely to convict Wynn and receive benefits from the prosecution. A thread of texts and phone calls that was meant to corroborate the prosecution’s argument ultimately showed no evidence and no motive, the defense argued. Similarly, the defense claimed the DNA evidence collected excluded Wynn and his presence at the scene of the crime.
The jury ultimately decided in favor of the prosecution, who brought in over 15 witnesses. The prosecution focused on the stories of Donnell Howard and Charles King. However, unlike the defense, they emphasized the legitimacy of these two testimonies, as well as the corroboration of other testimonies. Using these testimonies and the text thread between Wynn, his child’s mother, and Bryant, the prosecution was able to convince the jury of motive. The video footage from the apartment complex was constantly brought to the screen for the jury to show the suspect running from the scene of the crime. While the DNA samples collected excluded Wynn, the prosecution also constantly reminded the jury that Wynn did not have to touch the victim in order to stab her.
Wynn is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 11.