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Prosecution Closes Case– Banker Died As A Result Of Bleeding In Brain

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After a full day of testimony, the prosecution yesterday closed its case into last year’s shooting death of banker Stephen Sherman, leaving jurors in the hands of the defence.

Before wrapping up, the Crown called its final two witnesses, a pathologist and an eyewitness to the February 17, 2012 crime.

Janaldo Farrington and Cordero Bethel are the alleged murderers.

The two are also being tried for conspiracy to commit murder and armed robbery while Sherman’s wife, Renee Sherman has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and abetment to murder.

Sherman, an assistant manager at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) was shot in the head shortly after pulling up to his Yamacraw Shores home.

He was robbed prior to being killed.

Taking the stand on Wednesday was pathologist expert Dr. Caryn Sands, who told the court Sherman died as a result of bleeding in the brain due to a close range gunshot wound to the back of the head, so close that his scalp “exploded.”

According to Dr. Sands, the bullet that ultimately killed Sherman fractured his skull, causing bleeding in the brain.

Jurors also heard how “everything else was normal” on the victim’s body.

His wife identified his remains at the morgue.

Tenaj Hunt was with Sherman at the time of his death.

The COB student, who is also Mrs. Sherman’s niece, said she was going to her aunt’s home to “do her hair.”

She then admitted that when her uncle Stephen picked her up, she was surprised.

Hunt further testified that as soon as she and her uncle exited the car that was parked in front of the Shermans’ home, a man came into the yard, took them to the side, told them to kneel down – which they did – and took $10 from Stephen and $5 from her.

According to the witness, the suspect also stole Sherman’s cell phone.

When asked by lead defence attorney, Murrio Ducille to give a description of the shooter, Ms. Hunt said he was short and dark skinned with what appeared to be short hair.

He was also wearing a bandana, she said.

The witness further testified that chief investigating officer in the case, Sgt. Basil Evans never invited her to an identification parade despite telling the officer she would be able to identify the shooter if she were to see him again.

Both Farrington and Bethel are light skinned.

The case continues before Supreme Court Justice Roy Jones today at 10:00 a.m.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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