Jeffers murder trial begins

Raziel Jeffers on trial in connection with killing Marcus Duran in 2010

 

Murder defendant Raziel Jeffers may not have pulled the trigger in the shooting that killed “numbers man” Marcos Duran in West Bay in 2010, a court heard Tuesday. But prosecutors allege he masterminded the botched robbery that led to Mr. Duran’s death and is therefore culpable for the murder. 

Jeffers is said to have planned the holdup and provided the firearms to three “soldiers from his Gaza gang,” referred to in court as “Pinga,” “Austin” and “Patchy.”  

Jeffers ‘not the shooter’  

Opening the case, Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards said there was no evidence to suggest that Jeffers was the shooter. But she said the prosecution would attempt to prove that he had organized the robbery and alerted the gunmen to the location of Mr. Duran as he made cash pick-ups for an underground lottery – referred to as a numbers game. 

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Ms. Richards said the crown would rely on mobile phone data as well as evidence from Jeffers’s former girlfriend that he had orchestrated the robbery. 

She said, “There is no suggestion that Mr. Jeffers fired the fatal shot. There is no suggestion, on the evidence, that he was present when the fatal shot was fired. The crown’s case is that he is culpable in law for the offense of murder because of the roles that he played in masterminding and then aiding and abetting the unlawful attempt to rob.” 

She said the jury would hear evidence that Mr. Duran was found in a pool of blood outside the West Bay apartment with three separate gunshot wounds to his head, eyebrow and finger on the evening of March 11, 2010. 

She said the jury would hear that Jeffers had boasted to his girlfriend of his plan to “rob the numbers man,” saying he would have him followed as he made his pick-ups and then get some “soldiers” to “stick him up and rob him.” Ms. Richards said the witness would also testify that Jeffers had phoned her in a panic in the aftermath of the robbery, saying he “didn’t know what happened but the poor numbers man is dead.” 

Mastermind  

Ms. Richards said, “The defendant masterminded the plan to commit the offense of robbery. He aided and abetted the plan by providing firearms for use in the course of the robbery. Just prior to the robbery, he aided and abetted it by sitting and watching for the arrival of the deceased at the apartment and informing his co-conspirators of the time of the departure of the deceased.” 

She said the evidence would also show that he had assisted with the cleanup of a bloody vehicle in the aftermath of the robbery. 

She said that if the jury of 11 women and one man did not feel there was enough evidence to convict Jeffers of murder, they had the alternative option of convicting him of manslaughter. 

Jeffers denies the charges, and the trial continues. 

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