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Judge rules against admitting recordings in 'death squad' trial

Published:Monday | March 6, 2017 | 3:35 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Lawyers for the two cops before the court in the so-called 'death squad' trial scored a major legal victory this morning when Justice Jennifer Straw ruled that several recordings made by one of the policemen would not be admitted into evidence.

The recordings were made by Constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown.

They included a witness statement, a letter written to the Commissioner of Police as well as transcripts of an audio recording Brown provided to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

But following submissions by prosecutors and defence attorneys, Justice Straw ruled that the recordings do not meet the standard required for them to be admitted into evidence.

She also noted that the prejudice they would present for the two policemen far outweighed their probative value.

Brown and Corporal Roan Morrison are on trial for murder and wounding with intent.

They were arrested and charged by INDECOM following a shooting incident in May Pen, Clarendon on February 13, 2010 in which 20-year-old Phaebian Dinnal was killed and another man wounded.