Autopsy frees man of murder
A man charged with using a stone to kill another was freed in the St Catherine Circuit Court on Tuesday after a post-mortem revealed the man died from natural causes.
Devharue Samms 23, from Tawes Pen in St Catherine, was freed of the murder of Zebidee Thompson, a 45-year-old labourer, also from the same community.
When the matter came up, it was established that there was no connection with the death of Thompson and the missile that Samms was allegedly armed with. The Crown conceded the accused did not have a case to answer.
Defence attorney Donovan St Leger Williams, then told the court that his client should have been freed, once the report was made available. As a result, the accused was told that the Crown has no evidence against him and that he was free to go.
Allegations are that in 2009, Samms and Thompson had a dispute, during which Samms picked up a stone. It was not established if he had thrown the stone, but it was revealed that the deceased fell during the process. He died after the fall. The matter was reported to the police.
An investigation was launched which resulted in Samms being charged with murder. He made numerous court appearances maintaining his innocence.