Murder defendants confessed, witness says

Defense accuses Marlon Dillon of making up his evidence

Marlon Dillon, who is in custody awaiting sentence for his roles in the 2012 robberies at Cayman National Bank and Weststar TV center, gave evidence Wednesday and Thursday in the trial of two men charged with murdering Robert Mackford Bush in West Bay in September 2011. 

Dillon said defendant Brian Emmanuel Borden told him that he and his friend Keith Montaque shot Mr. Bush. He also said the other defendant in the case, David Joseph Tamasa, told him that Borden had asked him in September 2011 for some shotgun bullets and some 9mm bullets.  

Dillon said these conversations took place on Jan. 4, 2012. He said he began giving information to police in July 2012, after he was arrested for the CNB robbery. 

On Jan. 4, 2012, he said, he was giving Borden a ride home from Tamasa’s residence and Tamasa was also in the car. 

When they got to the junction of Birch Tree Hill Road and Captains Joe and Osbert Road, Borden tapped him on the shoulder and said, “You know where this is? This is Birch Tree Hill cemetery.” 

Dillon said Borden pointed to a nearby wall and said that was where he and Montaque had “mashed up” Mr. Bush. He said he used a Mossberg automatic shotgun to shoot him. 

Dillon said Borden told him that he had been told by a cousin that Mr. Bush was leaving Miss Daisy Lane to pick up his girlfriend. Borden said he got a Browning 9mm gun from a friend, Royce Cornwall, and gave it to Montaque. Borden told him he shot Mr. Bush first and then Montaque shot him. 

Dillon told the court that after Borden and Montaque shot Mr. Bush, they ran to Borden’s house on Firewood Close. Borden said he stashed both guns and then quickly ran into the house to shower with H-7, a bleach liquid, to avoid gunshot residue on his body.  

After Borden was dropped off at his house, Dillon drove Tamasa back to Tamasa’s house, he said. On the way, Tamasa told him that Borden had asked him in September 2011 for bullets, which he said he placed inside a brown paper bag. 

Dillon told the court that Tamasa did not say why he provided the bullets.  

Attorney Trevor Burke, representing Borden, suggested that Dillon’s sole purpose in giving evidence against the other defendants in the CNB and Weststar robberies was to get a reduced sentence for himself. Dillon said it was a possibility. 

Mr. Burke took Dillon through some of his statements to police since July 2012. He pointed out that nowhere in any of that material was there any mention of what Dillon said in court about what Borden allegedly told him he did after the shooting. 

Dillon agreed that he did not tell police or even his own lawyers details that came to him recently, but he took the opportunity to speak in front of the court. 

Mr. Burke submitted there was only one explanation – that Dillon had made it up. The attorney said Borden was never in Dillon’s car and Dillon’s evidence was a complete fabrication. Tamasa’s attorney, John Ryder, also questioned Dillon, who agreed that in his first two statements to police he did not mention Tamasa’s confession. He explained that he was concentrating on what Borden had told him and in fact told police that he and Tamasa sat silent as Borden talked. 

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