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Goodman Trial To Continue After Delay

The murder trial of Kofthe Goodman is expected to continue today after a delay due to his illness.

The trial, which was expected to continue on Friday, never did as his attorney, Geoffrey Farquharson, indicated to the court that his client was still experiencing a level of discomfort.

The trial adjourned for the same reason on Thursday.

Goodman is accused of the 2011 murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer whose body was allegedly found on September 28, 2011.

The body was found behind a Yorkshire Street apartment in Cable Beach.

Before the adjournment on Thursday, jurors heard from Seargent 2557 Sheria King, who is presently attached to the scientific support services of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF).

Under examination, the officer exhibited five packages containing evidence collected from the Cable Beach crime scene nearly two years ago.

The packages contained a gray Bob Marley T-shirt, tan long pants, a multi-colored boxer shorts, a pair of blue slippers and a white plastic bag.

Ms. King said she received the items on October 21, 2011, examined them, sealed them, placed them back in their original packaging and placed her signature on them.

Mr. Farquharson initially objected to the prosecution calling Sergeant King as they had not yet finished with their examination of Constable Denrea Johnson who testified Wednesday and again briefly Thursday morning.

Mr. Farquharson continued with his cross examination of Sgt. King who told the court that she could not give the size of the items unless she was able to refer to her notes.

Under cross-examination she also told the 11-woman, one-man jury in reference to the t-shirt that it was gray.

Mr. Farquharson suggested that it was black.

In reference to the slippers, he suggested that they were black as well but the witness did not agree.

She told the court that it was difficult to determine the colour and then told jurors that it was a dark colour.

Sgt. King also told the attorney that clippings from the Bob Marley T-shirt were sent away for DNA analysis on November 2, 2011 and March 7, 2012.

When asked why clippings were sent in March 2012 by Mr. Farquharson she said an analyst has the discretion to send samples away for further processing.

The matter will resume at 10:00a.m.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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