Defense says revenge motivated murder

Jury hears expert evidence about cell phones

Defense counsel in the Raziel Jeffers murder trial has suggested that the fatal shooting of Damion Ming was a revenge killing. 

Questioning Jeffers’s former girlfriend on the stand, attorney Michael Wolkind asked her if she knew that Mr. Ming, who was killed on March 25, 2010, was shot because he was a police informant. She said she had heard such rumors, but they were never verified. 

He went on to ask if she knew Alrick Peddie had been murdered the day before Mr. Ming was killed. The witness said she had no idea whether Mr. Peddie and Mr. Ming were friends, but agreed that the people charged with Mr. Peddie’s murder were friends of Mr. Ming, adding that they were not convicted.  

It was then that Mr. Wolkind suggested that Mr. Ming had been killed in revenge for Mr. Peddie’s murder. Mr. Wolkind named another man and asked the witness if she knew that he had shot at Mr. Ming in January 2010 on Hell Road, West Bay.  

“I have no idea,” she replied. “I never did hear about that.”
The former girlfriend also was questioned Tuesday about her assertion that Jeffers had confessed to her that he shot Mr. Ming. She rejected the Mr. Wolkind’s suggestion that she had made up her evidence of the confession because she wanted revenge or because she was getting financial support as a protected witness.  

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She pointed out that, if she weren’t getting money through a police fund, she would have received it from another agency, so government would be paying the same for her and the child she had with Jeffers. 

Mr. Wolkind asked if the figure CI$70,000-plus would surprise her. Considering that was over a four-year period, “I guess it does sound a little bit shocking, yes,” she replied. 

She agreed that she used to cry that Jeffers didn’t care about her as much as she cared about him. She said there were times they behaved badly towards each other, but there were also good times. She said Jeffers told her that being with her was “the first proper relationship” he had been in since coming out of prison.  

Mr. Wolkind told her that phone records did not support her account of where and when she said Jeffers had confessed to her. 

She replied, “The things I said he confessed to me are 100 percent factual. There is no other way for me to know unless the murderer told me.” 

One of the things she said he told her was that he had received permission from an inmate of Northward Prison to get a nine-millimeter gun for the express purpose of killing Mr. Ming. She said Jeffers named two men who went with him to collect the gun and then they stored it at another man’s house in West Bay. The Northward inmate was not identified.  

On Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, Justice Malcolm Swift and the jury heard evidence from an expert about cell phones and how company records can show where the phones were when making or receiving calls or text messages or voice mail. 

The crown’s cell phone witness gave evidence in person, while a defense expert in the U.K. was listening via a computer program while he looked at records sent to him previously. 

Records do not indicate the person making or receiving the call, but do indicate the phone numbers. Jeffer’s and his former girlfriend’s phones were among those tracked. Another call noted was one sent by Jeffers’ phone shortly after Mr. Ming was shot to the phone of a man who was in the house or yard at the time.  

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