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Jury to decide fate of accused Allman Town child killer soon

Published:Thursday | October 13, 2016 | 1:26 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A jury is soon to decide the fate of alleged child-killer Marlon McMillan.

McMillan is on trial for murder and shooting with intent arising from the death of four-year-old Roshaun Burford in the central Kingston community of Allman Town in January 2013.

Prosecutor Sahai Whittington Maxwell and McMillan's attorney William Hinds have both closed their case and are to give their closing arguments shortly.

According to the testimony of the child's grandmother, the four-year-old died in a hail of bullets fired by McMillan following a dispute over a broken water pipe at their tenement dwelling place on Lord Elgin Street.

She testified that after the dispute McMillan - who she also knows as 'Chris' - left the yard and returned "with a short gun" which he pointed towards her brother's room.

"Me hear explosions. Me hear one explosion first then me hear another one and I run towards my room and then me keep hearing the shots," recalled the woman, whose name is being withheld.

According to the post-mortem report that was tendered at the trial, Burford, who was a student of the Salvation Army Basic School, had a "gunshot entry wound to left side of the back of the head" and an exit wound on the left side of the face.

"Death was due to cranium cerebral injuries and a gunshot wound to the head," read a section of report.

McMillan has, however, denied any involvement in the crime.

He admitted, in an unsworn statement from the prisoner's dock, that he got into an argument with his neighbours on the morning Burford was killed, but said he knows nothing about the shooting.

"After being in my room, I picked up my keys, closed my door and immediately went outside. I (sic) leave and never returned to that yard that day," he said.