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Apr 27, 2015

Kendale Green Acquitted of Murder

Kendale Green

The trial of Kendale Green for the December 2010 murder of Nigerian taxi man, Francis Chkwu, concluded today in the Supreme Court.   Initially, police had charged Jermaine Zuniga and Egbert Daly along with Green for the murder, but Zuniga and Daly were set free because there was no evidence against them leaving only Green to stand trial. This morning, Judge Adolph Lucas ruled that the last piece of evidence that prosecutor, Sabita  Maharaj and her assistant Porchia Staine were relying on, was inadmissible because the main witness was not truthful. Green, who was a minor at the time of the murder, but is now twenty-one was then set free. His attorney, Anthony Sylvester, argued that Green’s constitutional rights had been violated because he had been detained for fifty-six hours and his parents were not present when he was charged.  Today’s ruling was based on the crown’s statement by alleged witness, Darcel Sanchez, who claimed back in December 2010 that Green, who she knew for eight months, confessed to her that he had killed the taxi man by shooting him. Sanchez gave the police a vivid statement regarding what she claimed Green told her, but in the end, Judge Lucas ruled that the information was not credible. In rejecting Sanchez’s statement, Judge Lucas said he found her to be a “liar” as she told the court on Friday, April twenty-fourth, 2015 that she did not remember giving the statement and that she could not read even though she had read over the statement before signing it. The judge then upheld a no case submission by Sylvester. Green was first taken to the Queen Street Police Station before he was set free this morning.

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