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More JDF soldiers testify that they saw cop fatally shoot teen

Published:Tuesday | July 11, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Two more Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers have testified that they saw a police constable place a police-issued M16 rifle in the hands of an injured teen before shooting the boy several times.
The soldiers were giving evidence on day two of the murder trial of former police constable Mark Russell.
Russell was arrested and charged in June 2015 with the July 2007 shooting death of 18-year-old Ravin Thompson in downtown Kingston.
Testifying in the Home Circuit Court today, a JDF private said he saw Russell, then a constable, take the M16 rifle from another constable, identified as Morris Lee, and placed it in Thompson’s hands as he laid injured on a JDF service vehicle.
According to the JDF private, Russell held the injured teen’s hands and fired three bullets from the gun before Lee retrieved it.
He says he saw both men pulled the teen from the vehicle and constable fired three bullets into his body.
The private will be cross-examined tomorrow.

A JDF lance corporal also testified today that he saw when the policeman removed the boy from the army vehicle and shot him on the sidewalk.

On Monday, a JDF corporal gave a similar account.

The prosecution has asked that the names of the witnesses be withheld.