Accused gives evidence in murder trial

Defendant William
Martinez McLaughlin testified Thursday that he did not kill Brian Rankine Carter in McField Lane on the night of 16 May, 2008.
 He said his co-worker Jason Hinds killed Brian.

Justice Charles Quin and
the jury of 10 women and two men last week heard evidence from Hinds, who said
McLaughlin did the killing.

McLaughlin told the court
he and Hinds had worked together that day, a Friday, and he detailed where they
went after work, with Hinds driving the company van. He said they stopped at
Eastern Star Bar in East End, where he lived at
the time. After some beers and two games of dominos he saw Hinds walk toward the
balcony; he saw him talk to a man for about five minutes. That was around
10.30pm.  

When McLaughlin said it
was late and he wanted to get home, Hinds said okay. Then Hinds told him the
man, whom he now knew as Brian, was asking for a ride to George Town and in return
would give him one-half to one pound of weed [ganja]. McLaughlin said Hinds
wanted him to go along but he was tired and said no. “He kept begging, so I just
decided to go with him,” McLaughlin told the court.

McLaughlin said he slept
most of the way to town and was awakened after the van stopped off McField Lane. He
said they all got out of the van and Brian said he was going to get the stuff.
It seemed like he came back empty-handed. Brian said he couldn’t get the stuff
because the man was not there.

The defendant said Hinds
basically exploded, saying “Batty boy, you take me for an idiot. You don’t know
the man is shotta – shotta will kill you.”  Brian said he would check again and
when he came back it seemed he handed Hinds something. Hinds told him that was
not the deal. Brian said he would get him the rest
tomorrow.

McLaughlin then described
what he said took place between Hinds and Brian.

In answer to his
attorney, Mark Tomassi, he agreed he and Hinds both tried to cover their tracks
and neither went to the police after the incident.  They went to work the next
morning.

Solicitor General Cheryll
Richards was questioning McLaughlin when court adjourned and she was expected to
continue her cross-examination on Friday morning.

Mr. Tomassi said the jury
should know that, because of the stage the evidence was at, neither he nor
instructing attorney Nicholas Dixey
must say a single work to McLaughlin and he would not be able to say a single
word to them.

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