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Man Guilty Of Attempted Murder Of Security Guards

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN accused of trying to kill two Atlantis security guards during a shooting at Marina Village on a Halloween night was convicted yesterday in the Supreme Court.

After nearly two hours of deliberating, a nine-member Supreme Court jury found 22-year-old Clarence Smith guilty of two attempted murder charges. The verdicts for the first and second counts were 8-1 and 7-2.

Smith, of Dolphin Drive, who was arraigned in magistrate’s court on November 3, 2009, faced two charges of attempted murder.

It was claimed that on October 31, 2009, he tried to kill Dwayne De Costa, 36, and 33-year-old Troy Feaste. Smith had denied the charges.

His former co-accused Bashard Seymour was acquitted of the same charges when Senior Justice Jon Isaacs directed the jury to deliver a 9-0 not guilty verdict on Monday.

Yesterday Senior Justice Isaacs summarised the evidence of the weeklong trial.

Once the verdicts were announced, just after 3pm, Justice Isaacs formally convicted Smith on the two charges and told him that he would be sentenced on December 5.

A probation and psychiatric report will be prepared to be presented in court on the adjourned date.

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