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Farrington Case Heads To Jury

The case of the man accused of the murder of Stephen Sherman is expected to go the jury today now that both the prosecution and defense have made their closing arguments.

Janaldo Farrington is accused of the February 17, 2012 murder of Sherman.

The banker was gunned down outside his Yamacraw Shores home during an apparent robbery.

On Monday, Farrington’s attorney Murrio Ducille said the crown’s entire case revolved around his client’s signed statement made to police on February 24, 2012.

Mr. Ducille suggested that the statement was coerced adding that his client was never allowed to have counsel and he claimed that Farrington was beaten by police while in custody.

During testimony last week, Farrington alleged that police had placed a plastic bag filled with ammonia over his head impeding his ability to breathe.

However, lead prosecutor Sandra Gardiner told jurors during her summation that Farrington only made up abuse claims after he confessed to the murder.

The prosecution has alleged that Farrington was a hit man hired to kill Sherman for his insurance policy.

He is alleged to have waited for the banker outside his home where he shot him and then robbed him.

Last week Sherman’s wife, Renee was acquitted on aiding and abetting charges in connection with her husband’s murder while Cordero Bethel accused of murder along with Farrington was also acquitted.

Mr. Ducille encouraged jurors to make their decision based on the evidence and not the talk and the rumours that the trial has sparked.

Meanwhile, Ms. Gardiner told jurors that if they accept that if they believe Farrington was informed of his constitutional rights and willingly made a statement then he is a young man who believed he could benefit from insurance money who a man at point blank range.

Justice Roy Jones is expected to instruct the jury today.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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