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Murder suspect gives alibi during trial

A man accused of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery claimed that he was at home with relatives and a girlfriend when the crimes were committed.

Bernard Appolon, 23, of Hillside Estates, denied that he killed security guard Fredrick Rigby and attempted to murder McDonald’s manageress Alsharika Stuart during a hold-up outside the Madeira Street branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank on September 4, 2017.

Appolon and an unknown man trailed Rigby and Stuart after they left the fast food restaurant and pulled directly behind them at the bank, according to the evidence.

Two gunmen opened fire on Rigby and Stuart and took two deposit bags containing $4,649. Rigby was fatally shot and Stuart sustained gunshot injuries.

Appolon was identified as the culprit by an off-duty policeman.

Appolon, who lived in nearby Hillside Estates, did not call his mother, two brothers and girlfriend as witnesses to confirm his alibi before he closed his case.

Prosecutor Jameca Basden told Appolon that he lied about his name when he was arrested at Okra Hill on September 5 because he knew what he’d done.

The arresting officer said that Appolon gave his name as Greg Johnson.

Appolon admitted that he lived a short drive away from the crime scene.

T’shura Ambrose is the lead prosecutor. Patrick Mackey represents Appolon.a

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Artesia Davis

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

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