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Aunt says slain teen had only one bullet wound when soldiers took him away

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:46 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The jurors in the murder trial of former police constable Mark Russell today heard evidence that the teenage boy he is accused of killing had just one bullet when he was placed in a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) vehicle to be taken to get medical attention.

Russell is on trial for the July 2007 murder of 18-year-old Ravin Thompson.

The teen’s aunt, Andrea Thompson, testified today that Thompson had a single bullet wound to the chest when he was placed in the JDF service vehicle.

However, Thompson says when she saw her nephew’s body at the Kingston Public Hospital less than an hour later, he had multiple gunshot wounds all over his body.

The official police report said the teen was killed during a confrontation between the police and gunmen.

However, at least three soldiers have testified that they saw Russell place an M16 rifle in the teen’s hand before shooting him several times. 

Today, one soldier testified that he did not try to stop the two policemen because he was fearful it could have triggered a gun battle.