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Ex-cop trial: Defence says no logical reason to kill unarmed teen

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

​The attorney representing former police constable Mark Russell in his murder trial says he is convinced of his client's innocence.

Michael Jordan described the three Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers who testified against Russell as dishonest and said there was no logical reason for the ex-cop to take part in the 2007 killing of unarmed teenager, Ravin Thompson.

"It don't mek sense," Jordan said in his closing argument to the seven-member jury in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

Prosecutor Jeremy Taylor has led evidence that Russell placed a police-issued M16 rifle in Thompson’s hands then took it back before the teen was shot several times by another cop, identified as Morris Lee, along Darling Street in downtown Kingston.

However, Jordan insisted that Russell never place any firearm in the teen’s hands, never helped anyone take him from the JDF vehicle and never fired his weapon on the night of the killing.

In addition, he said the prosecutor never presented any forensic evidence to confirm that a firearm was placed in the hands of the teen.

"The story is concocted. The soldiers have removed themselves from any wrongdoing," he argued.

Jordan cited what he said was the unchallenged evidence of one soldier that he fired 11 bullets at a man armed with an illegal firearm who was standing an arm's length from the 18-year-old Thompson.

He argued that the other soldiers gave testimony to protect their colleague and questioned the decision of the soldiers to use Darling Street on their way to Kingston Public Hospital with the injured teen.

"Did he [soldier who fired his weapon] have unfinished business to take care of?," Jordan questioned.