DAYTONA BEACH — The penalty phase of William Gregory’s double-murder trial continues today after a
delay caused by Gregory’s apparent reaction to an anti-psychotic drug given to him after he flooded his
Gregory, 28, was convicted Thursday of two counts of first-degree murder for the shotgun slayings of his
ex-girlfriend Skyler Meekins, 17, and her boyfriend,
Daniel Dyer, 22, as the couple slept on Aug. 21, 2007, near Flagler Beach. Meekins and Gregory had a
daughter, Kyla, now 4. The jury is expected to consider today whether to recommend that Gregory be
put to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.
The jury was to have begun the process on Tuesday morn-ing, but no sooner had the 15 jurors taken
their seats than Circuit Judge William A. Parsons apologized for inconveniencing them and sent them
home. A short time later, dep-uties returned Gregory to the Flagler County jail where a doctor would
evaluate him. He was expected back in court today.
Gregory told the judge that he had been given Haldol and previously when he received it, his jaw had
‘‘The reaction the last time . . . when I had the shot, the next day, the full next day, I was locked up,’’
Defense attorney Garry Wood said he could hear popping sounds when talking to Gregory. The sounds
could also be heard at times in the courtroom.
‘‘When I was talking to him there’s a loud popping sound every time he’s trying to talk,’’ Wood said. At
one point, the attorney snapped his fingers several times to demonstrate the noise.
Prosecutor Mark Johnson checked with jail officials who confirmed that Gregory had been given Haldol,
an anti-psychotic medication, about 5 p.m. Monday after being disruptive. Gregory was also given
Benadryl to counteract muscle stiffness caused by the Haldol.
Johnson said he was also told Tuesday morning that Gregory had received Haldol in the past and ‘‘it
Prosecutor Jacquelyn Roys worried about further delays.
‘‘The medication was given to him as a result of his behavior,’’ Roys said.
‘‘If we delay this till tomorrow, my concern is that he’s going to go back and attempt to further delay
The jail problems with Grego-ry began over the weekend when he was verbally disruptive, according to
Debra Johnson, a spokeswoman with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. His behavior Monday was
worse. About 10:40 a.m., Gregory used a foam cup to plug his toilet and then repeatedly flushed,
flooding the cell, the spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail.
About 2 p.m., Gregory ‘‘stood on the sink in his cell claiming to have a shank,’’ or makeshift knife, the
spokeswoman wrote. Gregory was moved while deputies searched his cell. The ‘‘shank’’ ended up being
‘‘a plastic spoon wrapped in toilet paper,’’ she wrote.
About 2:30 p.m., Gregory tampered with a fire sprinkler in his new cell, setting off the sprin-kler and fire
alarm, the spokeswoman wrote. Deputies shut down the system and moved Gregory to another cell.
Haldol is used to treat disorders such as schizophrenia, as well as prevent suicide and reduce aggression
and negative thinking and hallucinations, according to WebMD. Benadryl is an antihistamine used to
treat allergies but is also used to treat side effects, including muscle stiffness, from some psychiatric
The delay frustrated the families of the couple slain by Gregory.
Dyer’s sister, Jennifer Dyer-Auriemma, was red-faced and teary-eyed after the delay was announced.
‘‘I’m just irritated and I’m tired of his boyish game,’’ she said. ‘‘He obviously wants just one more day
Meekins’ father, Charles ‘‘Hap’’ Meekins, said the family will wait a little longer.
‘‘We are not surprised,’’ Meekins said. ‘‘It’s been delayed for 3 1⁄ 2 years, so another day is not going to
‘‘He’s trying to keep it going on, I think,’’ Meekins’ brother, Colton, said. ‘‘But I’ll just let the court do
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