The Star Democrat
Man charged in Denton shooting fires attorney, requests jury
DENTON — In a late change of plans, the man facing murder and firearm charges in connection with a fatal shooting in Denton in July 2020 fired his attorney and requested a jury trial.
Jamaine V. Cheers, 34, of Denton, was expected to accept a plea offer and face sentencing for his alleged crimes at plea hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 22. However, just before the hearing began, Cheers informed the court of his intent to seek new counsel and request a jury trial.
Court records indicate that Cheers was originally scheduled for a two-week jury trial earlier in December, but he had waived his right to the jury trial on Nov. 24.
Cheers is facing charges of first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in a felony/violent crime, carrying concealed deadly weapon, carrying a handgun, carrying a loaded handgun and reckless endangerment in connection with the July 2020 murder of 30-year-old James Wilmer.
During the hearing, presiding judge Daniel M. Long asked Cheers why he wanted to discharge his defense attorney, Brandon Mead.
Prior to bringing up his concerns, Cheers made several allegations regarding discovery of a surveillance video from the day of the shooting: that Mead wasn’t showing him the video, that the Denton Police Department had deleted the video or that the prosecution didn’t forward Mead the video. He added that he wasn’t sure if the video wasn’t forwarded, or if he just didn’t see it.
Later, Caroline County state’s attorney Joe Riley said that Mead was welcome to come view the video he had in discovery, but to his knowledge, Mead already had everything.
Cheers told the court that there were multiple things that he didn’t agree with under Mead’s counsel. One particular grievance Cheers shared with the court was the waiver of his Hicks date — his right to a speedy trial within 180 days of his first appearance in the Caroline County Circuit Court.