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Court hears of blood smears in apartment

A policeman told a jury yesterday that he took blood smears collected from the residence of an accused murderer.

Sergeant 2193 Marvin Cargill was testifying in the murder trial of Kofhe Goodman, who is accused of the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer.

Goodman, 40, has denied the allegation at his trial before Justice Bernard Turner.

The Columbus Primary student was last seen alive on September 23, 2011 when he left his Brougham Street home for a neighborhood store.

Police recovered the remains of a male child in bushes near the Yorkshire Drive condominium complex where Goodman lived on September 28.

Recounting his involvement in the investigation, Cargill said he took blood swabs collected from unit two in the complex on September 29 to a lab for analysis on October 5.

Cargill also photographed suspected blood smears on a western upstairs wall and suspected blood on the stairway.

He also photographed suspected blood on a bed.

Cargill said he also collected paint scrapings from inside the home.

The court heard in previous testimony that there were paint scrapings on a pastic sheeting found near the body.

Goodman’s lawyer,Geoffrey Farquharson, objected to the jury being shown the photos as he claimed the images were “irrelevant” to the proceedings.

Goodman, who was under arrest, was shown in some of the images.

Police obtained a court order to get a blood sample from Goodman on September 30.

Police took the blood to the lab for comparative analysis.

The case continues today.

Garvin Gaskin, the deputy director of prosecutions, Neil Brathwaite, the assistant director of public prosecutions, and Darell Taylor appear for the crown.

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