By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
LEGAL discussions held yesterday in the absence of a jury hearing evidence in the trial of a man accused of murdering a banker prompted a 24-hour adjournment of the case.
The discussions between Senior Justice Vera Watkins, prosecutors Cordell Frazier and Anya Allen and the accused’s lawyer Michael Hanna were held before Lamar Albury’s trial resumed from the previous day concerning the December 2015 death of Devince Smith.
When the 12-member jury returned to the courtroom, Ms Frazier asked for an adjournment of the proceedings until today at 10.30am.
The judge explained to the jury that the legal parties had held discussions “a short while ago and as a result, I’m acceding to the request.”
It is alleged that Albury murdered Smith sometime between December 19 and 21, of 2015.
Smith’s partially decomposed body was found shortly after 2.30pm on December 21, 2015 at his St Alban’s Drive apartment.
Police were alerted to the apartment after relatives, who had not heard from the victim, went to his home and found him dead in the living room.
Smith was a sports coach and was employed at Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd. He was also a former president of the New Providence Volleyball Association.
Albury maintained his “not guilty” plea to the murder charge he faces when the trial began.
On Monday, the jury heard that Albury allegedly confessed to his relatives that he fatally stabbed the banker who hired him to do maintenance work at his apartment for an upcoming holiday gathering when the victim allegedly made a sexual advance at him.
On Tuesday, Smith’s housekeeper testified that in the three months she’d known Albury, the accused had been to Smith’s apartment on three occasions and on the other two occasions, the accused and Smith were seen in the victim’s Jeep drinking.
Detective Const Leonardo Dean also took the witness stand and said that on December 21, 2015 around 3.30pm, he went to the scene of an alleged homicide on St Albans Drive.
He was given information and instructions from a superior officer and when he went into unit no.6 of the complex, he observed a deceased male clad in black shirt and blue jeans that were pulled down to his ankles.
The investigator said he also observed shoe impressions with suspected blood, blood on the walls leading upstairs, broken glass on the floor, items scattered across the master bedroom floor and a computer notebook covered in blood.
The detective said he photographed all of his observations and areas pointed out to him throughout the scene.
Cpl Davon Frazier testified that on December 23, 2015, he went to the Rand Laboratory and spoke with forensic pathologist Dr Caryn Sands who conducted an autopsy of a man with multiple injuries to the head, neck, shoulder and extremities.
Cpl Frazier said he photographed the injuries of the dead man and that the pathologist also collected a tube of blood, a container of muscle tissue, liver and bone, and anal swab, a penile swab and oral swab that she handed to him in a biohazard bag.
The bag was handed over to the police forensics lab for analysis, the jury heard.