Mobile Reserve cops convicted of killing Kingston man 10 years ago
Two policemen have been convicted of the 2008 shooting death of Omar Andre Marshall in central Kingston.
Constables Christobel Smith and Garrett Davis were found guilty for the offences of manslaughter and murder respectively in the Home Circuit Court on Thursday.
Two policemen who were assigned to the now disbanded Mobile Reserve. The court heard that Marshall was shot nine times inside his yard at 16 Blake Road on October 9, 2009.
Eyewitnesses reportedly testified that Marshall was urinating at the fence in the front yard when the four cops entered, held him and dragged him to the back of the premises where he was shot by the convicted policemen.
One eyewitness insisted that Marshall did not have anything in his hands when he was shot and said he told the policemen he was preparing to go to the airport to meet his mother.
The cops told him that his mother was coming to bury him before they each shot him, the witness reportedly testified.
The policemen claimed, in their defence, that they were patrolling in the area when they saw Marshall – who they did not know before – running from the roadway to the premises on Blake Road.
They said they chased him to the back of the premises where he turned to face them with a firearm in his hand.
Both cops said they fired in self defence.
The cops are to reappear before Home Circuit Court on December 16, 2019, for sentencing