This afternoon—after seven days of testimony and eight hours of deliberation—the eight-member jury returned with their answers to 13 questions regarding the causes and circumstances surrounding the death of John T. Williams. The courtroom was silent as presiding Judge Arthur Chapman read the jurors' answers aloud.

Their answers, which were either "yes," "no," or "unknown" show that the jury had significant doubts as to whether or not John T. Williams had an open knife in his hand when Officer John Birk approached him. There was also doubt if Williams was a risk to Officer Birk at the time of the shooting, and if he had time to drop the knife—as Officer Birk ordered—before the officer opened fire. "Apparently, [Birk] thought people would accept his version [of events]," said Tim Ford, the attorney representing the Williams family. "But it didn't turn out that way."

Their answers to these key questions were particularly striking:

6. Did Officer Birk order John T. Williams to put the knife down?
All eight answered yes.

If your answer to question 6 was yes, please answer the following questions:
6a. Did Officer Birk order John T. Williams to put the knife down more than once?
Again, all eight answered yes.

6b. Did John T. Williams have sufficient time to put the knife down after Officer Birk's order?
One answered yes, four answered no, three answered unknown

9.When Officer Birk fired his weapon, did John T. Williams have a knife in his hand?
Eight answered yes.

9a. If yes, was John T. Williams blade open when Officer Birk fired his weapon?
Four answered no, four answered unknown

10. Did Officer Birk believe that John T. Williams posed an imminent threat of serious physical harm to Officer Birk at the time Officer Birk fired his weapon?
Four answered yes, four answered unknown

11. Based on the information available at the time Officer Birk fired his weapon, did John T. Williams then pose an imminent threat of serious physical harm to Officer Birk?
One answered yes, four no, three unknown

The jury unanimously answered "yes" to almost every other question, but these particular answers are significant because they show that Officer Birk failed to convince a majority of the jurors that his version of events was accurate.

Birk was the only (living) eyewitness to the entire encounter between himself and Williams. On top of that, he’s a trained professional. Unlike the other questions, these questions almost force the jury to choose between trusting Birk’s testimony or rejecting it. Because when it comes right down to it, Birk’s testimony is the only evidence we have that Williams blade was open when he turned around. Similarly, Birk’s testimony as a professional police officer is the only proof we have that Williams was an imminent threat. He failed to convince a jury that Williams had an open knife, had ample time to put it down, and posed an imminent threat to himself. He failed to convince them that he was doing his job correctly.

"I'm finally able to get some sleep," said Rick Williams, the elder brother of the deceased Williams. "It's a heavy load I've been carrying."

As I mentioned earlier today, it's now King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg's decision whether or not to press criminal charges against Birk for Williams' death.

Full questions and jury answers after the jump.

1. On August 30, 2010, did Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk observe John T. Williams crossing the street?
Eight YES

2. Was John T. Williams holding an open knife at the time he was first observed by Officer Birk?
Eight YES

3. Did Officer Birk get out of his patrol car to contact Williams?
Eight YES

4. Did Officer Birk gesture to John T. Williams to come back to Officer Birk's location?
Seven YES, one UKNOWN

5. Did John T. Williams have a knife in his hand when Officer Birk contacted him?
Eight YES

6. Did Officer Birk order John T. Williams to put the knife down?
Eight YES

If your answer to question 6 was yes, please answer the following questions:
6a. Did Officer Birk order John T. Williams to put the knife down more than once?
Eight YES

6b. Did John T. Williams have sufficient time to put the knife down after Officer Birk's order?
One YES, four NO, three UNKNOWN

6c. Did John T. Williams try to put the knife down after Officer Birk's order?
Eight UNKNOWN

6d. Did John T. Williams put the knife down before Officer Birk began to fire his weapon?
Eight NO

7. Was the front of John T. Williams' upper body partially turned towards Officer Birk when Officer Birk began to fire his weapon?
Two YES, five NO, one UNKNOWN

7a. If no, was John T. Williams turning towards Officer Birk when Officer Birk fired his weapon?
Five YES

8. Did Officer Birk fire his weapon at John T. Williams on August 30, 2010?
Eight YES

9.When Officer Birk fired his weapon, did John T. Williams have a knife in his hand?
Eight YES

9a. If yes, was John T. Williams blade open when Officer Birk fired his weapon?
Four NO, four UNKNOWN

10. Did Officer Birk believe that John T. Williams posed an imminent threat of serious physical harm to Officer Birk at the time Officer Birk fired his weapon?
Four YES, four UNKNOWN

11. Based on the information available at the time Officer Birk fired his weapon, did John T. Williams then pose an imminent threat of serious physical harm to Officer Birk?
One YES, four NO, three UNKNOWN

12. Did John T. Williams die in King County on August 30, 2010?
Eight YES

13. Did John T. Williams die of gunshot wounds caused by Officer Birk?
Eight YES