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'Death squad' case to go to jury today

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2017 | 3:46 PM

The seven-member jury in the so-called police death squad trial is expected to begin their deliberations today.

This after the attorneys for the two policemen on trial yesterday wrapped up their closing arguments in the Home Circuit Court.

Justice Jennifer Straw, who is presiding over the trial, has started giving directions to the jury and is expected to complete the exercise today.

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

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

In their submissions, the attorneys for the two policemen urged the seven-member jury to find that prosecutors have failed to prove the charges against them.

Brown's attorney Norman Godfrey noted that prosecutors, in trying to prove their case, had relied on the testimony of their main witness.

However, he challenged the credibility of the witness, reminding jurors that the Clarendon man gave three different accounts of the 2010 shooting incident.