The Court of Appeal has rejected the appeal of a man who killed another man in a gang-related shooting.
El Shaddai Ferguson, 25, was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of Cordero Finley, a relative of murdered gang leader Julian “Heads” Collie, at the now-closed Baller’s Club on East Bay Street and Mackey Street on May 29, 2012. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Collie named Ferguson as the person who shot Finley between the eyes.
Collie, the reputed leader of the Nassau Village-based Fire N Theft gang, was murdered in April 2013. However, his statement was entered into evidence under Section 66 of the Evidence Act.
At the appeal hearing, Ferguson’s lawyer, Murrio Ducille, argued that Collie’s statement was inadmissible hearsay.
The appeals court has promised to give its reasons for denying the appeal at a later date.
In the statement, Collie acknowledged that Finley “burst through the crowd with a gun in his hand”.
Ferguson returned fire, killing Finley.
Ferguson was also injured in the incident, receiving a gunshot wound to the leg.
At the Supreme Court trial, Ferguson’s then-lawyer said of Finley, “But for his actions, the incident would have never happened.”
Rolle said the jury’s acquittal for murder and conviction for murder demonstrated that they accepted that there was “gross provocation”.
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