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St Catherine taxi operator freed of murder

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2015 | 9:55 AM

Thirty-four-year-old taxi operator Horace Williams of Glengoffe, St Catherine has been freed of two counts of murder.

A jury in the Home Circuit Court retired for an hour yesterday and returned the verdict.

The Crown led evidence that on September 28, 2008 Williams shot and killed Christopher Williams and Milton Lawrence also of Glengoffe.

It was reported that the killings were reprisals for the murder of Jamaica Labour Party activist Marlon Hayden otherwise called 'Blue' of Glengoffe.

Evidence was given at the trial that on the night of the shooting a wake was being held for Hayden when the accused and other men said three men must die for the JLP activist’s murder.

The key witness also testified that they went along the road and saw three men.

He said he pleaded with Williams not to shoot the men, but he fired shots.

Two of the men were killed and the other escaped.

Cross-examined by defence lawyers Linton Gordon and Tamiko Smith, the witness admitted that he did not tell the police that he was present when the shooting took place.

When he was shown his statement to the police the witness admitted that he was at the wake when someone called to say that the men were killed.

In his defence, the accused maintained his innocence.

Williams said he was at the wake when he heard about the shooting.

Justice David Fraser presided at the trial.