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Three Kingston cops freed of murder

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2014 | 5:45 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



Three policemen attached to the Central Police Station in Kingston were today freed of the 2007 murder of Omar McKenzie.




They are: corporals Ricardo Durant, Andre Burrell and Robert Stephenson.



Last October, a Coroner’s jury ruled that the cops were criminally responsible for the death of McKenzie.



McKenzie was killed during a shooting incident on February 17, 2007 on Fleet Street in downtown, Kingston.



Prosecutor Adle Duncan told the court this morning that the men were acting in lawful self defence and the Crown had no choice but to offer no evidence in the matter.



He said the police were in uniform, driving a marked vehicle and they came upon some men who opened fire at them.



The fire was returned and the men ran in separate directions.



McKenzie was found on the ground with a gun in his hand.



He was identified as one of the men who shot at the police.



The prosecutor said based on the allegation, the Crown cannot say the policemen were not acting in self defence.



Justice Bertram Morrison then directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty.



The policemen were represented by Christopher Townsend, Peter Champagnie and Oswest Senior Smith.



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