By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A JUDGE is expected to rule today on legal discussions held in the absence of the jury that is hearing evidence in a trial concerning the murder of an American sailor.
Legal arguments took up all of yesterday’s court session as Justice Indra Charles heard submissions from Crown and lawyers for five men charged in connection with the 2013 fatal shooting of Kyle Bruner.
Prosecutor Ambrose Armbrister had closed the Crown’s case on Monday afternoon after the judge allowed the statement of a man who claimed to have witnessed the murder to be read into evidence.
Leo Bethel, 21, Craig Johnson, 22, Anton Bastian, 21, Jamaal Dorfevil, 30, and 23-year-old Marcellus Williams are alleged to have murdered Bruner.
The American sailor had been working as first mate on the Liberty Chipper sailboat that was docked in Nassau prior to Bruner being shot in the neck as he tried to help two women who were being mugged by two armed men.
The incident occurred on a Sunday morning.
The accused men are also alleged to have accosted the two women while armed with a firearm, robbing one of $150 cash and her $3,000 handbag and the other woman of cash, a handbag and an iPhone.
The men are defended by Ian Cargill, Nathan Smith, Roberto Reckley, Sonia Timothy and Walton Bain.