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Mar 28, 2018

Delford Slusher Cleared of Police Murder

Delford Slusher

Delford Slusher was today found not guilty of murder by Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas after three weeks in trial. He was accused of the shooting death of Corporal of Police Victor Lima on July twenty-fourth, 2012 in Hattieville. Slusher is alleged to have broken into a house in the village where two women were. Carrying a firearm and disguising his face, he began to demand of the women where his drugs were. Police were called and when Corporal Lima knocked on the door, he was shot. His partner, detective constable Dorian Zuniga, testified that the gunman fled the house after the shooting and he was able to recognize him and even fire twice at him, though he missed. Defense attorney Anthony Sylvestre argued that the female witnesses could not give a time frame for how long they spoke with the accused, who they said tried to disguise his voice with a Jamaican accent, or say for sure if it was he who shot Corporal Lima. Justice Lucas found that the voice of the accused as remembered by the Crown’s main witnesses appeared to differ from that used by the intruder who they believed to be Slusher, also known as Peter. For these and other reasons he found their testimony not to be reliable and so did not have enough evidence before him to be reasonably sure of Slusher’s guilt.

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