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Murder suspect to testify at own trial

One day after the man accused of murdering a McDonald’s security guard during an armed robbery said that he would remain silent at his trial, he decided to take the witness stand in his defense.

Prosecutors allege that Bernard Appolon, 23, of Hillside Estates, killed 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.

The pair was about to deposit $4,649 that belonged to the fast food franchise when they were accosted by gunmen, who shot Rigby dead and fired at Stuart.

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

The jury was expected to hear closing addresses on Wednesday, but Appolon’s attorney, Patrick Mackey, informed Justice Vera Watkins his client had had a change of heart.

T’shura Ambrose is the prosecutor.

 

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Artesia Davis

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

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