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Two men acquitted of Murder

Two men were acquitted of murder today.  26-year-old Jed Burgess and 23-year-old Micah Tillett were accused of killing 21-year-old Jamal Neal, but they were acquitted of the charge today by Justice Marilyn Williams. Neal, a resident of Banak Street, was gunned down in the evening of September 13, 2013. Two men drove by on a motorcycle and shot him several times in his chest while he was walking on Banak Street. The Crown, represented by Senior Crown Counsel Sheneiza Smith, closed its case today after the main witness, Stephanie Daniels, could not be located. Burgess’ attorney Dickie Bradley and Tillett’s attorney Ellis Arnold, then made submissions that their clients did not have a case to answer to and that the evidence presented by the Crown was insufficient. Justice Williams upheld the submissions and she found Burgess and Tillett not guilty. One witness for the Crown testified that he saw two men riding on a motorcycle but he could not identify either of them because the driver wore a helmet, while the man on the pillion wore a peak cap. The police had lifted fingerprints from the motorcycle that was allegedly used in the murder but these were not compared with Burgess’ and Tillett’s fingerprints.