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Ballistics Test In Decade-Old Murder Case

By LAMECH JOHSNON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A BALLISTICS test was conducted on the bullets believed to be connected to a gun used to kill a man ten years ago, a jury heard yesterday.

Firearms expert Inspector Earl Thompson said that his examination of bullets he received in 2004 were .40 calibre bullets that were capable of being used in a Smith & Wesson pistol.

Prosecutors claim that accused Leonard Barnett got rid of the weapon that was allegedly used to kill Rico Farrington in June 2004 after hiding Farrington’s body in bushes off East Sunrise Highway.

Farrington was last seen alive on June 2 when he left his parents’ home in a black SUV.

The vehicle was later discovered on the highway and Farrington’s body found in bushes a good distance away with multiple gunshot wounds in his body.

Barnett faces a charge of murder which he denies. He is defended by Jiaram Mangra.

Raquel Whymms and Kevin Farrington prosecute the case.

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