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Patrick Powell freed of murder in #X6Trial

Published:Monday | October 24, 2016 | 10:38 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Businessman Patrick Powell has been freed of the murder of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

The charges against Powell were dismissed after the prosecution this morning told the court that it would offer no evidence.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert then directed the juror to return a formal verdict of not guilty.

Powell was charged with murder and shooting with intent.

The development comes after the prosecution’s star witness Wayne Wright on Friday recanted his witness statements to the police in 2011.

Wright was declared a hostile witness by the prosecution.

"I feel good. God is with me," says Patrick Powell as he leaves the court in a BMW X5 after being freed of murder and shooting.

livern.barrett@gleanerjm.com