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Jury Deliberates Pastor’s Case of Manslaughter

A jury of 5 men and 4 women began deliberating this evening in the court of Justice Adolph Lucas to see if it can reach a verdict in the trial of 53 year old Fidel Lanza, a pastor of Christian Assembly Church, charged with causing death by careless conduct. The incident occurred around 7;30 a.m. on December 9, 2011, in Double Head Cabbage Village. The deceased, 2 year old Rajahnee Mcfadzean, was walking with her 5 year old brother when she was crushed by a bus driven by Lanza. The Crown, represented by Crown Counsel Sheringe Rodriguez, called 5 witnesses to try and prove its case. There were no eye witnesses and all of the evidence was circumstantial. Lanza gave a statement from the dock in which he said that apart from being a pastor he is a sales person for Caribbean Chicken of Isabella Bank and on the day of the accident he was making his usual run from Rancho Dolores to Double Head Cabbage and he was only driving about 5 miles per hour. One of the Crown’s witnesses, Rupert Ledlon, who was in a bus parked near the scene, testified that Lanza was driving about 5 miles per hour. Ledlon also testified that he saw when the children came out of Mcfadzean’s yard but he did not see what happened  at the point of impact. During the trial, the court visited the scene. Lanza is being represented by attorney Leeroy Banner.