By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN acquitted of the 2009 murder of an American woman was back in court yesterday to fight a move for a retrial on manslaughter charges.
However, the arguments for whether or not Zyndall McKinney should stand trial a second time for the 2009 death of Anna Garrison was stood down to August 30.
On June 6, McKinney, of Marathon Estates, was acquitted of the murder just two weeks after his ex-lover Madison Pugh was also cleared of murdering Garrison – who was Pugh’s mother.
While the all-woman jury cleared 25-year-old McKinney unanimously of murder, they were hung 7-5 on the lesser charge of manslaughter, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial.
Prosecutor Ambrose Armbrister immediately asked Justice Roy Jones for a retrial on the charge of manslaughter.
However, defending attorney Murrio Ducille argued that his client stood trial for murder and was acquitted of murder.
Ms Pugh were both accused of killing Garrison, who is from the US but lived in the Bahamas.
She went missing in February 2009, only for her body to be found on Fox Hill Road on July 4 of that year.