Evidence concludes in murder trial

The Crown closed its case
against the three men accused of murdering Omar Barton Samuels on the night of 4
July 2009 in the vicinity of McField Lane, George
Town. The jury has heard that the shooting occurred
minutes to 1am.

Counsel for Patrick
Elbert McField and Osbourne Wilfred Douglas offered no

The third defendant,
Brandon Leslie Ebanks, went into the witness box and told the court he had spent
the evening at a friend’s house, going to buy food at Jah T’s (in the McField
Lane area) around midnight; he went back to his friend’s house where his
girlfriend picked him up around 12.30am.

He said they then parked
in the lot across from Smith Cove before she took him

George Leonard Powell
said Ebanks spent the evening at his house and a witness told the court she
picked him up around 12.30am, parked at Smith Cove because they were having an
argument, and then took him home.

Attorney Nicholas Dixey
read a statement signed by Leighton Rankine Jr. who said he went that Saturday
night to McField
Square. He was speaking to two men when Omar Samuels
came along, spoke to them and pulled out a gun and put it to Rankine’s neck. Mr.
Rankine gave his statement to police on Sunday 5 July

It is expected that the
jury will hear addresses from the Prosecution and Defence beginning Friday.

***Editor’s note: This story was changed on Dec. 23, 2014 to remove the name of a witness***


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