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Jury To Return After Legal Debate In Trial

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A JURY is expected to return to court today for the continuation of a murder trial in which two brothers are accused of a fatal shooting in Masons Addition.

Legal discussions between prosecution and defence counsel in the trial of Tony Smith, 26, and Leroy Smith, 27, took up most of yesterday’s proceedings.

The brothers are on trial for Tristan Bartlett’s murder on February 6, 2012. Both deny the murder charge in connection with the fatal shooting of Bartlett, who was in the driver’s seat of a green Honda at the time.

The jury previously heard from a witness, whose identity was protected because of an anonymity order granted by the Court of Appeal, who claimed to have known Bartlett and the men accused of his murder for a long time.

The witness claimed to know Tony and Leroy by their respective aliases “Jamal” and “Rashad”.

However, defence lawyers suggested to the witness that he did not know anyone from Masons Addition and was making up his testimony of seeing “Jamal” with a gun shortly before Bartlett gave a ride to the pair.

The Smiths are represented by Murrio Ducille and Mr Kemp while Ms Darnell Dorsett and Patrick Sweeting prosecute for the Crown.

Senior Justice Jon Isaacs is the presiding judge.

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