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Trial for police constable accused of killing Allyson Major is underway; Defense expected to present its case tomorrow

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Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2022. 7:02 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: On July 16, 2019, teacher Allyson Major was fatally shot to the head by police during a high speed chase on Regent Street.

The trial of the officer who the Director of Public Prosecutions believes is responsible for his death Cpl. of Police, #434, Kent Martinez, officially began in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, and continued today.

Martinez, who is charged with manslaughter by negligence, appeared before Justice Ricardo O’Neil Sandcroft and a jury of 9 (3 women and 6 men), while being represented by attorney Oscar Selgado.

The Crown has called 17 of 19 witnesses, of which, 13 of their statements were read into evidence as agreed upon and 6 were summoned to appear in their. Of the six witnesses summoned to appear in court, 4 of them took the stand today and 1 of the other two who started to testify today will continue his testimony before the jury tomorrow.

The Crown is expected to close its case tomorrow at which time, the defense will respond.

Following Major’s death, the Office of the DPP conducted an investigation and concluded at that time that the bullet that killed him was fired from Martinez’s service .9mm pistol, so of all the officers present that day, he was the one charged.

 

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