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Jury hears closing arguments in murder case

The trial of a man accused of killing a security guard and injuring another woman during an armed robbery neared its conclusion on Monday as the jury heard closing arguments from the prosecution and the defense.

Bernard Appolon is accused of killing Fredrick Rigby and wounding McDonald’s manageress Alsharika Stuart around 9 p.m. on September 4, 2017, before taking two deposit bags that contained less than $5,000.

Appolon has denied charges of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery at his trial before Justice Vera Watkins.

Prosecutor Jameca Basden told jurors that the crime was not random but calculated.

She said the defendant opened fire on Rigby and Stuart before they got out of the car outside the Madeira Street branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank because they knew that Rigby was armed.

Basden said that the off-duty officer who witnessed the attack had known Appolon for several years and was familiar with his hangouts.

Basden said Stuart and the eyewitness both said that the area was well lit.

By contrast, defense lawyer Patrick Mackey claimed that Appolon was the victim.

Mackey said police had pinned the offense on Appolon because “he’s considered a nobody in society”.

Watkins will turn the case over to the jury following her summation today.

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Artesia Davis

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

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