On November 10, 1999, the last of the three men accused in the dragging death, Sean Berry, went on trial.
The defense lawyer made a motion of continuance but Judge Joe Bob Golden denied it saying that the defense was trying to delay the trial. Golden also decided in keeping the trial in Jasper.
Prosecutor Guy James told jurors he intended to prove a long-standing friendship with convicted killer William King. He also said there was new evidence that proved Berry did participate in the murder.
The jury heard from numerous witnesses that placed Berry with Byrd on that dreadful June night. Berry stated that he was ready for the trial outcome, either way it ended.