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Witness takes stand at cop murder trial

Published:Tuesday | March 20, 2012 | 5:35 PM

Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter

The trial of police constable Othneil Holness, who is charged with the murder of St. Ann resident Jason McKenzie began today with a prosecution witness testifying she saw the cop kill McKenzie.

The prosecution witness testified she saw constable Holness raise his firearm and fire one shot killing the farmer in Mount Moriah, St Ann.

McKenzie was shot and killed in his yam field near to his home on September 2, 2008.

Justice Horace Marsh is presiding at the trial in the Home Circuit Court.

The Crown represented by prosecutors Caroline Hay and Greg Welcome, is alleging that McKenzie was unarmed at the time when he was shot.

The eyewitness told the 12-member jury that on the day of the incident, she heard McKenzie's voice outside the yard and she came out to see what was happening.

The witness said she saw McKenzie walking up the driveway to his house.

She further said the policeman, who had a firearm in his hand, was walking behind McKenzie.

McKenzie reportedly went up a slope to his yam field behind the house.

The witness said Holness went to the foot of the slope, pointed his firearm and shot McKenzie who fell.

The trial continues tomorrow.

Attorneys-at-law Oswest Senior Smith and Dameta Gayle are representing Holness.