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Dec 19, 2019

Cameron Harris is Acquitted of 2016 Murder

Cameron Harris

Twenty-two-year old Cameron Harris will be home for the holidays. This morning his murder trial ended in his acquittal when Justice Colin Williams upheld a “no-case submission. Harris and his brother twenty-two -year-old Lenford Harris Junior were charged with the murder of Nelson Zelaya in 2016. Earlier this month, Lenford walked from the charge and today the court also freed Cameron. In his lengthy decision, Justice Williams said that the testimony of the prosecution’s key witness, who was the common-law wife of the deceased, was in conflict with the forensic evidence. In her testimony, she recalled seeing Harris shoot Zelaya at close range while the forensic evidence revealed that he was shot from a distance.  Furthermore, Justice Williams stated that a visit to the crime scene revealed that because of the position of the shooter, Zelaya’s common-law wife could not have correctly identified the shooter.  Williams concluded that, “a conviction based on such tenuous identification evidence will be unjust.”  The Crown’s evidence was led by Senior Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell while Harris was defended by attorney Leeroy Banner. In November 2016, Zelaya, a resident of Gardenia Village, was gunned down in his yard.

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