Two men freed of murder charge
Two of five men—accused of the October second, 2009 murder of 20-year-old Randy Coye—walked free when Chief Magistrate Margaret Gabb McKenzie upheld a submission made by the men’s defense attorney. Twenty-three year old Brandon Smith, twenty year old Kenroy Humes, twenty one year old Leon Gray, twenty three year old Deshawn Mena, and twenty seven year old Edwin Flowers were all jointly charged with Murder. But today Smith and Flowers walked free. Defense attorney, Dickie Bradley, argued that the witness’ testimony that was presented is not credible because he was given immunity with the condition that he becomes a prosecution witness. Bradley concluded that the witness credibility is questionable as he first gave police an open statement and then later gave a caution statement indicating no evidence against Flowers and Smith. Prosecutor, Egbert Castillo, was not in agreement with Bradley and submitted that a prima facie case has been established from the prosecutor’s main witness testimony. He argued that the matter of credibility of a witness should be tested by a jury of twelve at the Supreme Court during trial and not at this level. In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate noted that it is not a good practice to base a conviction on the testimony of a sole witness who was allegedly a part of the murder.
When Randy Coye’s lifeless body was found on October fifth, 2009, he was found in a sitting position near a grave in the Lord Ridge Cemetery. He was badly beaten and shot and hit. The others charged will face trial later this year.Email This Story