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Alibi witness called in murder trial

The defense continued to make its case Tuesday in the trial of Jerome Johnson, the man facing a murder charge for last year’s shooting of Gordon “Hog” Newbold.

Johnson’s attorney, Wayne Munroe, QC, called on Shantaevia Stubbs, the defendant’s girlfriend, who testified that Johnson was with her at the time that prosecutors allege that he ambushed and shot Newbold on April 11, 2018 on Acklins Street. Her testimony confirms the alibi that Johnson gave police when questioned about the murder.

Prosecutors have called no eyewitnesses to the fatal shooting. However, three witnesses allege that Newbold named the defendant as the shooter before he died.

Stubbs testified that that morning, Johnson had taken her to a salon and that when they returned to his street a crowd had already gathered.

She testified that Johnson rolled down his window and asked the onlookers what had happened and they left the area together.

Before they returned to Acklins Street, Stubbs said, she took two photos of Johnson as he sat in his truck.

Stubbs produced the phone and the photos, which were taken on April 11, 2018 at 10:20 a.m. on Cordeaux Avenue.

She testified that she went to the Central Detective Unit with a lawyer and showed the phone and photos to investigating officer Corporal Raphael Miller on April 13 while her boyfriend was in custody for the murder.

However, she said Miller asked her to leave the phone at the station overnight and she declined. Stubbs said she did not return with the phone as she had promised because she wanted a lawyer to accompany her.

In cross-examination, prosecutor Darnell Dorsette suggested that she was lying for Johnson.

Stubbs denied this, but accepted that Johnson took care of her.

Stubbs conceded that Cordeaux Avenue was just a five or eight-minute drive away from the murder scene.

The trial continues before Justice Bernard Turner.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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