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Man acquitted of co-worker’s murder

A jury on Tuesday unanimously acquitted a man of the murder of a co-worker.

Prosecutors alleged that Phanuel Charles used unlawful and excessive force when he stabbed Lionel Leonard Johnson during a fight at the Evangelistic Temple Church construction site in 2009.

In contrast, Charles’ lawyer, Tai Pinder, contended that Charles was defending himself from an act of aggression by Johnson on November 16.

According to the evidence, Johnson picked a fight with Charles and hit him with a metal pipe.

Charles grabbed a knife and stabbed Johnson, the court heard.

Darnell Dorsette was the prosecutor.  Ian Cargill and Pinder represented Charles, who was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison following the incident.

Senior Justice Jon Isaacs, the presiding judge, ordered Charles released from custody.


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