Tue | Sep 26, 2017

‘Death squad’ trial prosecutors to close case Wednesday

Published:Tuesday | March 7, 2017 | 3:21 PM

Prosecutors in the so-called police ‘death squad’ trial are expected to close their case tomorrow.

Defence attorneys revealed today that they intend to present legal arguments to persuade presiding judge, Justice Jennifer Straw to dismiss all charges against the two policemen on trial.

Corporal Roan Morrison and Constable Collis ‘Chucky’ Brown are on trial for murder and wounding with intent.

They were arrested and charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations (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 injured.

The trial today featured testimony from chief DNA analyst at Caribbean Genetics institute Compton Beecher, who conducted DNA analysis of blood samples believed to have been recovered at the scene of the shooting and a Clarendon woman named Joy Smith.

Smith has given testimony that she is Dinnal’s mother.

Bleecher told the court that based on his analysis the probability that Smith is the mother of the persons whose blood sample was collected at the scene of the shooting.

He says the probability was calculated at 99.99 per cent.

Lead prosecutor Ann-Marie Fuertado Richards says she plans to call two other witnesses before closing her case.