Monrovia — Criminal Court ‘A’ Judge Roosevelt Willie, on Thursday, December 22, introduced a retrial in the alleged homicide case involving disregarded EPS Agent, Patrick Kollie.
The retrial used to be a results of a hung verdict introduced down by means of a 12-man jurors, who made up our minds in the courtroom may just no longer derive a call to search out the defendant no longer responsible or responsible.
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As such, Judge Willie famous that the defendant will stay in jail till a separate trial is carried out to make the overall resolution in the case.
The Jurors in their verdict introduced down ahead of the courtroom voted seven no longer responsible and 5 votes responsible which the courtroom believes does no longer represent a host to set the defendants unfastened.
Defendant Kollie used to be being litigated on allegation of homicide, after the Grand Jury of Montserrado County indicted him for his alleged hyperlink to the demise of sufferer Valentine Johnson, an incident that happened in the early morning hours of July 4.
The sufferer at the side of 3 others used to be stated to were en path from Jesse Bar on a birthday party, to Seny Bar in Duport Road when he met his premature demise.
Defendant Kollie, right through the trial, pleaded no longer responsible to the indictment of homicide and said that the arm used to be discharged mistakenly, right through a tussle with criminals on the Police Academy Junction.
The juror’s resolution in the case follows the manufacturing of witnesses by means of the prosecution and protection in addition to the overall argument to end up or disprove the case of homicide.
The juror hung-verdict determination way Defendant Kollie will nonetheless serve a jail sentence till a resolution will also be made in the case, following a retrial.
However, one of the most lead Defense Lawyers, Cllr. Richard J. Scott, Jr. informed FrontPageAfrica Thursday, December 22, that the Defense reserve the correct to record a bond for Defendant Kollie on the present level of the case.
Cllr. Scott additional famous that once regardless that the bulk voted no longer responsible, the jury verdict used to be in opposition to Defense’s expectation, because of proof upload utilized by the state.
He stated they anticipated a not-guilty verdict.
However, he believes the hung verdict favors the protection.
“The presumption as lawyers would say, is not grave in this case and the proof was not evidence, therefore, the defendant would be entitled to a bill, which will be the next course of action,” Cllr. Scott stated.
Cllr. Scott famous that when jurors may just no longer carry down a responsible verdict, there used to be no longer sufficient proof and the Defendant has a proper to invoice to be let loose of jail, whilst the trial is ongoing.