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Jul 18, 2019

Final Submissions Made in the Voir Dire for the Murder Trial of Danny Mason et al

Final submissions were made today by both the prosecution and the defense attorneys in the voir dire in the murder trial of Williams “Danny” Mason et al. D.P.P. herself, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal represented the crown while legal aide, Baja Shoman appeared on behalf of Ernest Castillo. The trial within the trial before Justice Antoinette Moore looked specifically at a caution statement given by Castillo in which he confesses to the brutal beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, exactly three years ago, in July of 2016. The voir dire is for the court to determine the admissibility of the incriminating statement by Castillo, who now claims he gave it under duress. Now, since that trial within a trial started earlier this month, the media has been barred from being inside the courtroom. At the end of the session this afternoon News Five spoke with attorney Bryan Neal, who represents Keiron Fernandez and sat in on the session.

 

Bryan Neal

Bryan Neal, Attorney

“It is a major development because we’ve been in this voir dire going over two weeks now. So it is good news for the trial now that the trial will continue now that the voir dire is completed. The judge has received judgment and she will give her ruling in the morning at nine-thirty. The ruling will determine whether or not the statement given by Mister Castillo, one of the defendants, is admitted into evidence against him. That statement; it is important to understand, under legal principles, does not incriminate and cannot incriminate any of the other defendants. It will only be admissible against him. So we will learn tomorrow if that statement has been admitted.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir are you saying that this person, Ernest Castillo—I believe that is his name—he is taking the wrap for the beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas?”

 

Bryan Neal

“Well there is a statement; the issue before the court now. There is a physical statement that was given. The judge now has the discretion—and the only person who has the discretion is the judge—to determine if this statement forms a part of the case. Once she determines that it forms a part of the case, then naturally the implication will be that it implicates him.”

 

Duane Moody

“So then what happens to your clients and the other three persons who have been charged jointly along with this person for the murder?”

 

Bryan Neal

“Well as a matter of law, one co-defendant cannot implicate another co-defendant.”

 

Judgment in the voir dire has been reserved for Friday morning.


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