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Unexpected Adjournment In Goodman’s Murder Trial

An unexpected adjournment in the Kofhe Goodman murder trial yesterday delayed the verdict which may now come once the judge wraps up his summation today.

Following the lunch break yesterday, Justice Bernard Turner informed everyone in the courtroom that the matter was adjourned until this morning.

He did not give a reason for the adjournment.

Prior to that, the judge spent nearly four hours on his summation of the evidence in highly publicised murder trial.

He directed the jury on how they should approach the law and how to apply the facts from the case.

Police believe Goodman is the man behind the murder of 11-year-old Columbus Primary School student Marco Archer back in September 2011.

Goodman; however, has maintained his innocence.

The judge on Friday told the 11-woman, one man jury to be detached and objective when they deliberate.

He also admonished them not to hold all the arguments between the prosecution and defence attorneys against the accused.

Justice Turner also explained that Goodman is on trial for murder and that no other charges are to be considered.

What is most important, according to the judge, is that the jury remembers that Goodman does not have to prove his innocence and that it is the prosecution’s duty to prove his guilt.

Jurors also heard that if they feel the defendant’s guilt was established by the prosecution beyond a reasonable doubt, they have a sworn duty to convict him; otherwise, they must acquit.

Justice Turner added that jurors must consider four important elements when deliberating: that Marco Archer is dead and that he died within a year and a day; that the harm caused was unlawfully inflicted by Goodman; that that harm caused Archer’s death and that the harm did not come by extreme lawful provocation or some other lawful excuse.

The matter was adjourned for an hour lunch break at 2:00 p.m; however, when court resumed, everyone was asked to leave except the attorneys, Goodman and the bailiff.

After an hour and a half, the court was reopened and Justice Turner told everyone the matter would resume at 10:00 a.m. on Friday.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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