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Tesha Miller's lawyer to make no-case submission today

BY RACQUEL PORTER
Observer staff reporter
porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

DEFENCE attorney Bert Samuels, who is representing Spanish Town resident Tesha Miller, is expected to make a no-case submission in the Home Circuit Court, today.

Miller is currently on trial for being an accessory before and after the fact in relation to the June 27, 2008 murder of then Jamaica Urban Transit Company Chairman Douglas Chambers.

Chambers was shot dead at the JUTC depot in Spanish Town after he left a meeting to smoke a cigarette outside.

Prior to Samuels' request to have the no-case submission today, the prosecutor told the court that one of the three witnesses they had intend to call, could not be found.

The court was also told that a police witness would not be taking the stand as well.

Only one witness had testified in the trial that started on November 13, 2019. The witness, a self-styled gangster who said he has been a member of the infamous Spanish Town-based Klansman Gang since he was 13-year-old, is serving a life sentence for murder and a three year sentence for attempted arson.

The 29-year-old, who lost his mother at seven years old and eventually stopped attending school, would have been eligible for parole after serving 16 years. However, it was reduced to 10 years instead after he secured a plea bargain with the director of public prosecutions the day before the trial started.

The witness, who is being referred to as Witness One by the Jamaica Observer because the court instructed that all witnesses remain anonymous, testified earlier in the trial that he knew Miller for more than 10 years in 2008, and that he told him that Douglas' killing was a hit.

Witness One testified last week that Miller told him that he had sent “Blackman” on a boat to the Cayman Islands because the police were looking for him.

Throughout the trial last week, Samuels suggested to Witness One that his testimony on the stand varied from the original statement he gave to the police.

Samuels had also submitted that Witness One made up stories about knowing his client and that he had not known him until November 13, 2019.

Prior to the adjournment, yesterday, Samuels told the court that he was not informed until in the morning that the matter would take a particular course, and as a result he was not prepared to make the application after the lunch break at 2:00pm but would be in a better position to do it today.

Presiding Judge Georgiana Fraser subsequently granted his request.