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Jul 10, 2012

Murder Acquittal; witness says it’s a wrong statement

Michael Kerr

In court today, two men were acquitted of murder after the prosecution’s main witness told the court that the statement presented in evidence was not the one he had given to police. The trial against Lionel “Piggy” Neal and Michael Kerr was for the murder of twenty-nine year old Glenford Matura, who was shot five times as he headed to work on March tenth 2010. Prosecutor, Shamilla Williams, relied heavily on her only witness, Denfield Tasher Junior, who gave police a statement three days after the murder. But according to Tasher, when he was given a copy of the statement to refresh his memory, he realized that it was completely different from what he told police and that the signature was not his.

Lionel Neal

The statement said that he saw Neal shoot Matura and that Kerr was with him at the time. Tasher says he actually told the cops that he was at home at the time of the murder. Alifah Elrington-Hyde, who defended Neal and Kerr, then made a no case submission in which she argued that Williams failed to prove the four elements of Murder. Justice Adolph Lucas upheld that motion and directed the jury to return a not guilty verdict against the men. Even though Neal and Kerr were freed of the murder charge, they were not free to go home as yet because they have other charges pending before the court.

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1 Response for “Murder Acquittal; witness says it’s a wrong statement”

  1. Storm says:

    More murderers walk free — probably to murder again — because the police lack the most basic equipment to do a competent job of collecting evidence.

    Voice recorders are available widely for less than $50, video recorders for only a little more. THE POLICE MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH THEM, AND TRAINED TO RECORD EVERY WITNESS STATEMENT AND CONFESSION.

    Evidence like that can be trusted by jurors, and murderers will get the convictions they deserve.

    Hon Dean Barrow and John Saldivar, here is a suggestion directly for you: cut the pay of gang members, and buy as many video and voice recorders as you need! Give the police the equipment they need to protect us and convict killers!

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