A Supreme Court jury acquitted a man accused of murder by a majority verdict of 8-1 Wednesday evening.
Prosecutors accused Jamal Wallace, 36, of the August 5, 2013 shooting murder of Remo Fox at Ida Street.
Before he underwent surgery, Fox’s wife and a policeman claimed that he identified Wallace as the person who shot him.
However, defense lawyer Lennox Coleby told jurors that the purported dying declaration was unlikely, given the injuries that Fox sustained.
According to medical evidence, the bullet punctured Fox’s lung, causing his diaphragm to collapse.
Additionally, Coleby said that Wallace did not match the description of the assailant, who had plaits in his hair. Coleby called several of Wallace’s colleagues who did security work with him at a local hotel. According to them, they were required to have low haircuts. They also said that Wallace was bald.
Coleby also produced photos of Wallace taken around the time of the murder, which confirmed that he had a baldpate.
Wallace was deported to The Bahamas in 2017 after overstaying his visitor’s visa by four years. Prosecutors claimed that he fled to Florida to avoid prosecution.
Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson presided over the murder trial.
It was the first murder trial since the Juries Act was amended to allow nine jurors to hear non-capital murders.
Jackyln Burrows prosecuted.