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Man named his killer in dying declaration, jury hears

A shooting victim named his attacker shortly before he died in surgery, a Supreme Court jury hearing the murder case of Jerome Johnson was told yesterday.

Patrice Newbold testified that she was with her brother Gordon “Hog” Newbold in the trauma room at Princess Margaret Hospital on April 11, 2018 and he told her that “Poo” had shot him.

She was the third prosecution witness to tell the jury of Newbold’s dying declaration made shortly after he was shot multiple times on Acklins Street.

Although Johnson acknowledged that his street name is Poo, he told investigating officer Corporal Raphael Miller that he arrived in the area after the shooting, the court heard.

In his police interview, Johnson, who lived next door to Newbold’s family homestead on Acklins Street, said that he was not in the area when the shooting took place as he had taken his girlfriend to the salon.

Johnson said he learned of the shooting when he returned to the area.

Johnson’s lawyer, Wayne Munroe, QC, asked Miller if he had spoken to Johnson’s girlfriend.

Miller confirmed that the woman came to the station and claimed to have geotagged and timestamped photos on her cellphone that showed that they were not in the area at the time of the shooting.

However, Miller said the woman never returned with the phone.

Munroe asked if Johnson’s clothing and hands had been tested for gunshot residue.

Miller said the test was not performed although a request had been made.

In his interview, Johnson suggested that police test him for gunshot residue.

The case continues before Justice Bernard Turner.

Darnell Dorsette and Camille Gomez-Jones are prosecuting.

 

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Artesia Davis

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

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