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Three cops freed of pastor's murder, fourth to go on trial

Published:Tuesday | November 22, 2016 | 11:10 PM

Three of four cops were today freed of murder charges in relation to the shooting death of a St. Andrew pastor six years ago.

The fourth is to go on trial next year.

Constables Roan Dennis, Zabdiel Dewar and Dian Thompson were acquitted when they appeared in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston. 

Prosecutors told High Court judge Christine McDonald that they were offering no evidence against the three.

McDonald then directed a jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty for Dennis, Dewar and Thompson.

However, their co-accused, Constable Alicia Jones, will face murder trial in February.

All four cops, who were attached to the Denham Town police station, were charged with killing Pastor Trevor Edwards in 2010.

The pastor was killed while he was aboard an unlicensed public passenger vehicle.

The police reported that they were firing at men who had run from the car firing at them.

However civilian eyewitness accounts contradicted those of the police.