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Cop who killed 17-year-old girlfriend and blamed another man convicted

Published:Saturday | July 1, 2017 | 3:35 PM

A policeman who killed his 17-year-old girlfriend then caused the police to arrest another man for the crime has been convicted of murder.

A seven-member jury deliberated for 20 minutes before returning a unanimous guilty verdict in the four-week murder trial of Constable Linval Aird in the Westmoreland Circuit Court on Thursday.

He is to be sentenced on July 28.

Prosecutors say the cop’s girlfriend, Shauna-Kay Clarke, was shot in the chest and abdomen from point blank range shortly after they were seen seated inside his car in the town of Sav-la-Mar on the night of April 11, 2010.

A month later, according to prosecutors Patrice Hickson and Andre Wedderburn, the constable, who was attached to the Westmoreland Criminal Investigations Branch at the time, identified Mario Campbell as the man who fired into his car.

Campbell was later arrested and charged with murder, but the case was discontinued by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, which also ruled that Constable Aird be charged.