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Trial of brothers in St James gas station murder under way

Published:Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The trial of O’Brian and O’Neil Walters, the brothers charged with the murder of 22-year-old Kahni Erskine who was fatally shot at a gas station on September 22, 2016, started its second day in the St James Circuit Court on Wednesday.
The trial began on Tuesday before presiding judge Justice Sharon George with a civilian witness testifying that he saw a man identified as O’Brian Walters exiting a motor vehicle at the gas station on the day in question, following which shots were fired.
In response to cross-examination from defence attorney Christopher Townsend, the witness said that when he attended the identification parade he was only able to identify O’Brian Walters by his body type and not by his facial features.
When lead prosecutor Maxine Jackson redirected questions to the witness and asked if he could see the accused man’s face, he said that he was able to see the front view of the person who appeared at the gas station during the shooting and that nothing obstructed his view at that time.
On the day in question, Erskine was surprised at the gas station when three men exited a motor vehicle and opened fire, hitting him.

The brazen attack was caught on camera.

*NOTE: An earlier version of this story had incorrectly identified the lawyer for the defence as Courtney Townsend. The attorney is in fact, Christopher Townsend.
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