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Ninjaman, co-accused have case to answer – judge

Published:Friday | November 10, 2017 | 1:59 PM

​Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer 

Popular entertainer Ninjaman and the two men on trial with him for murder all have a case to answer.

That was the ruling handed down a short time ago in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston by presiding judge Justice Martin Gayle.

It comes after prosecutors closed their case in the trial that is closed to the public.

A total of seven witnesses have been called by prosecutors, including three civilians, reports say.

Ninjaman, whose given name is Desmond Ballentyne, is on trial, along with his son Janeil and another man Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson, also known as Ricky Trooper, in the Lower Mall Road community in 2009.

According to reports, Gladstone Wilson, the attorney for Clayton, presented legal arguments asking Justice Gayle to find that there is no case for his client to answer.

The attorneys for Ninja Man and his son both opted not to make no-case submissions, reports say.