A jury on Tuesday unanimously acquitted a man of manslaughter in the stabbing death of his lover’s mother.
Zyndall McKinney, 32, was tried before Justice Carolita Bethel for the fatal stabbing of American Anna Garrison, whose decomposing body was found wrapped in sheets on the side of Fox Hill Road south on July 4, 2009.
This is the second time McKinney has been cleared of causing Garrison’s death. He was acquitted of her murder in 2012 and the judge ordered a retrial on manslaughter after the jury could not reach a verdict on the alternative charge that had been left for their consideration.
McKinney’s former girlfriend, Madison Pugh, was cleared of her mother’s murder in 2012.
Garrison, who lived between The Bahamas and West Palm Beach, Florida, was first reported missing to Bahamian police on February 25, 2009.
The prosecution’s case centered on McKinney’s statement to police.
In his videotaped statement, McKinney, then 22, portrayed Garrison as a “bad mother” who was promiscuous, forced her 16-year-old girl to go out clubbing and drinking and was physically abusive to her daughter.
McKinney, who was dating Garrison’s daughter, said that the teenager moved in with him because of her mother’s alleged mistreatment.
Superintendent Antoine Rahming told McKinney, who had initially faced a murder charge, that he had information that he murdered Garrison. McKinney replied: “Das true.”
According to McKinney, Garrison came to his place and pulled a knife on him during an argument over her daughter. Pugh, according to McKinney, got a knife from the kitchen and plunged the knife into Garrison’s back.
McKinney said he buried her in the yard, but eventually dug up her body because, “I was in fear that my grammy would come across it.”
McKinney said he later discarded the body on the roadside.
McKinney did not take the witness stand and the jury accepted lawyer Murrio Ducille’s argument that the prosecution had failed to prove its case.
Terry Archer and Perry McHardy prosecuted.