Murder: Kevin Warner Found Guilty

May 19, 2011

[Update: The jury came back at approximately 3:45pm and returned a verdict of guilty. The five-man six-woman jury unanimously convicted Mr Warner of premeditated murder and possession of a firearm. He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date.]

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The jury is presently deliberating in the murder trial of 21-year-old Kevin Andre Warner.

At approximately 1:30pm this afternoon [May 19] Justice Carlyle Greaves sent the jury to start their deliberations after completing over four hours of summation and instruction.

At 1am on May 28th, 24-year-old Dekimo “Purple” Martin was hit by multiple gunshots at his residence of #8 Peacock Crescent, Sandy’s Parish. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at around 1:45am that morning.

Mr Warner turned himself in shortly after the murder, and was subsequently arrested. On June 1, 2010 he was charged with murder, and possession of a firearm with the intent to commit an indictable offense.

The murder trial started in Supreme Court on May 9th. During the trial the jury heard that Mr Warner and Mr Martin were friends, and had spent time together during the day and later that night the two men were outside talking. Various witnesses were called who testified that Mr Warner had been with the victim just prior to the time he was shot.

In addition, the jury heard that the Police found bullet casings and a driver’s license belonging to Mr Warner at the scene. They also heard from a witness who testified that Mr Warner bathed with bleach and vinegar the evening after Mr Martin was killed.

Mr Warner has been represented by Kim Hollis QC and Elizabeth Christopher, and pleaded not guilty.

Update 5:00pm: After the guilty verdict, Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro said, “Obviously it was bittersweet in the fact that its another Bermudian man convicted of murdering a fellow Bermudian man, but it also brings closure to the family of Mr Martin.”

Update: It can now be stated that this was the second time Mr Warner was charged with killing someone, as he was one of the five teenagers charged for the Kellon Hill murder, and was acquitted on that charge. This has not been previously reported by any of the island’s media outlets as we were not legally permitted to do so.

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  1. Motts Apple Sauce says:

    No winners ever.

    • Black Jesus says:

      Bitter-sweet for the victim and his family.

    • itwasn'tme says:

      no winners? Hogwash! As long as these little azzez are caught, tried, covicted and given lengthy sentences, I will gladly agree for my tax dollar to support their residency at WestGate.

      • Motts Apple Sauce says:

        To what end?

        • Black Soil says:

          Keeping them out of society. That’s the end idiot. The convicted should be relieved this island scrapped capital punishment soon after the PLP were voted in.

      • JWOW! says:

        People on this island say anything!

  2. Bermudian says:

    I agree Motts Apple Sauce.

    One family loses a loved one by death, another to prison(if convicted). When will the youth see that there’s so much more to life than this?

    • ??? says:

      I so agree !!!!

    • JWOW! says:

      When will this Government see that our youth need to educate. And stop messing around with the funds needed to do this. I mean you over spend 26m bucks on a damn building when there are planty of buildings that could have been renevated and then try to take the little bit of money education has???(ie Cedarbridge and Berkeley) Someone please explain how this makes any kind of sense!! And then wonder why this kinda stuff keeps happening. I am so scared for my 13 and 8 year old sons. What do they have to look forward to if this government keeps taking from education??

      Overall this is a sad suituation!

  3. No Respect says:

    If the facts are there then he deserves to be put away. ZERO sympathy from me.

    • Black Jesus says:

      A guilty verdict is only a half victory. The question now is, how much time will he get? I say he should get at least 25 years without any parole or any time off.

      But knowing how Bermuda judges are, he’ll probably get 15 years and only have to serve 10 of those years.

      • Watching says:

        Probably get 3 months disqualified from driving all vehicles and 6 months in prison with time alredy served and released.

        • WHAT?? says:

          He’ll probably do 10 years and come out a lawyer.

    • Think about it says:

      @ No Respect

      I agree. Hey bernews, now can I say he’s guilty? Lol (j/k)

  4. Citizen Banned says:

    Bathing on vinegar and clorox was a bit of a give away.

  5. WOW says:

    [edited for legal reasons].. sad day for everyone involved. I’m more than happy that justice has been served for Kimo, but at the same time, I can only imagine the pain Kevin’s family must be going through, lucky for him youth though, is on his side. Even if he does get a life sentence and serves the full time, he’ll be out well before he’s 50, hopefully a completely different person and he’ll be able to get on with the 20-30+ years of life he’ll have left outside of prison.

    • WOW says:

      *”…lucky for him though, youth is on his side.”

      • Black Jesus says:

        @WOW – There’s NOTHING lucky for someone going to jail for a very long time. Furthermore, no man knows when he will die, so therefore, it’s possible this young man will die in jail – who knows but God Himself?

        Even if he makes it out alive, he would probably be in his early to mid forties when he gets out. Eventhough forty or so is not that old, it’s still alot of time he would have missed out on.

        So calling him “lucky” is a ridiculous thing to say.

        • WOW says:

          @ BLACK JESUS

          He is LUCKY – he is LUCKY because he took the life of another human being and isn’t being put to death himself…

        • n says:

          he needs to be locked up for life! where did all this sympathy come from for a 2 time murderer. if he wasn’t acquitted for the first murder this second murder might not of happened, who knows. the justice system on this island needs to get rigid. lets just remember that he’ll have a life possibly after forty te other two won’t.

    • Its time to STAND UP says:

      at what side is the murdered man on? I am not lashing out at you, WOW, but he should be put to death.

      • Think about it says:

        @Its time to STAND UP

        I agree. I HATE when people feel sorry for the guilty party or their family. WHY? They don’t deserve it. Next time raise a better child, one that isn’t prone to murder.

        • WOW says:

          Ok to both “Its time to STAND UP” and “Think about it”. I never said I feel sorry for Kevin, I never even said I feel sorry for his family. I just said that I can only imagine what his family is going through. And furthermore, punishing his family or saying “next time raise a better child, one that isn’t prone to murder” is stupid. How do you know that he wasn’t brought up in the church or does come from a respectable family (I don’t know him, nor do I know his family). In other words, I have a little boy and of course I will try (key word being try) and raise him up to be a respectable and sociable citizen, BUT if he decides he wants to follow his peers who will have a negative impact on his life (which he will spend more time with because lets face it – I have to work so he will be attending school and extra-curriculum activies and both have negative attendees) then that will be that. If he gets into serious trouble with the law, of course I will feel bad, sad and angry, but hey, he did the crime so he will have to do the time… I would hope that people like you wouldn’t say, “oh I should have done a better job raising him”, especially if I’ve done my best.

        • Away says:

          I disagree with this. Yes, sometimes people don’t raise their children right, but after a certain age, the man/woman is accountable for their own actions. We don’t know the circumstances of peoples lives and what goes on in their homes. I have NO sympathy for the perp, but I have some sympathy for the family, and full sympathy for the family that lost a love one. Also in some cases, people make stupid “off-the-cuff” decisions even if they come from a good home where their daddy would give them plenty licks and they grew up on the straight and narrow, then BOOM, they get mad and make a mistake. Do you still have no sympathy for their family?

          • JWOW! says:

            I completely agree with WOW and Away….There are some parents struggling out there to do the best they can for the kids. Making sure they have a decent home, clothes, healthy meals, teaching them right from wrong, attending every school meeting and football and cricket game. But none the less kids have their own mind just as adults do and they grow and do what ever they want. What can you do? That’s you’re child that you know you raised better but they made bad choices. It’s not the family’s fault!

            • Think about it says:

              To address all of you, NO I DO NOT FEEL SORRY FOR HIS FAMILY. When I was growing up, I never had much, I barely had what I needed to get by. My parents were always working and trying to provide for me and my siblings. Guess what? I didn’t grow up and join a gang or kill anybody and fyi, I’m only 3 years older than that fool is. I also have close friends that came up poor, and instead of looking for an “easy” way out ie. drugs and gang activity, they worked hard, went to college and are persuing their careers.

              There is absolutely NO excuse, NONE, NOT ONE REASON for any of these guys to join gangs. It is just a lazy Bermudian mentality that they share where they see how much easier it is to sell drugs than to go to school and get a job.

              • WOW says:

                And again, what does HIS decision to joing a gang have to do with HIS FAMILY? EXPECIALLY if they TRIED THEIR BEST to make sure that he DOESN’T JOIN A GANG?!?!

  6. ?? says:

    So what was his motive? Why did he take his own supposedly ‘acquaintance’s’ life. Surley whatever it was wasn’t that serious to cowardly kill someone.

    • Very curious says:

      Thats what I wanna know? Why the heck did he kill his so called “best friend”? :S

      • GPS says:

        This is the weirdest murder case ever….maybe we’ll know the motive in Ceola’s next documentary on West Gate?

    • itwasn'tme says:

      ‘soldiers’ are give orders by the ‘general’….no questions asked, complete the mission or don’t come back to the ‘base station’…..or maybe I watch TV a little too much. Remember, our government ‘there are no organized gangs here’…just crews and possies

      • Very curious says:

        Yea I think you watch way too much tv

  7. GPS says:

    Watching this real life documentary last night on tv, some teenage gang member ran onto a bus and shot and killed his enemy, in front of other school kids riding the bus….he was caught, found guilty and given 100 years in prison…..Bermuda judges need to hand out these type of sentences in Bermuda!!!!!!!!!

    • vanilla says:

      I agree 100% !!!

    • Black Jesus says:

      100 years? It’s not like he will live that long to serve it out… but I get your point.

      • United says:

        Same thing as in the States when they sentence someone to TWO life sentences and sometimes 344 years 500years all that stuff.

    • IMO says:

      Bermuda Judges can only hand out sentences that our legislation allows. What people should be asking for is Government to start changing the laws so that it can allow for harsher sentences.

  8. Cayden says:

    great job BPS

  9. Just Me says:

    [edited for legal reasons], so justice was served. I don’t care

  10. Jonas says:

    More wild vagabonds were just having running battles with each other around the Hamilton bus terminal a few moments ago. Hope they don’t grow up to be like this guy…

  11. I agree says:

    I agree with gps, set an example for once!

  12. Observer says:

    Its sad. Two young men has lost an opportunity to positively contribute to Bermuda. This is two too many. I however have a few nagging questions about this and every murder of late.
    Now the judge referred to this case as a modern day Jesus and Judas story but my question is why did he kill is so called friend? There is something behind that. No one just turns on their friend one day without a reason and that where the authorities are missing the opportunity to find out the reason behind all these killings.
    Now he goes up to westgate and the authorities are non the wiser as to root of his actions.
    Why the in-house psychologist at west gate is not trying to get into these guy mind to find out the reason behind their actions? And if he/she is them please start using that information to resolve these senseless killings. We cannot continue to imprison all these young men to prison and hope it will solve the problem.

    • BE4Real says:

      I totally agree. we need to start going beyond “We have a Conviction Rate of 10″…and start finding ways, maybe from these 10, that we can Prevent these tragedies. Something needs to be done….

    • peace says:

      your right, observer, sometimes we just want a quick conviction, bottom line, clorax and vinegar, yeah right.

  13. Boss Lady says:

    This is really sad all around. Dunno any of the ppl in this case but I just wanted to say throwing these young men in jail forever will not help. They need some form of rehabilitation as well. Furthermore more needs to be done to reach the youth. Starting at the Primary level, because you have Primary level kids “rep” certain clicks (gangs) already! Just sad… a lot of LOST young men (and women) on this island with no place to really help them. Also I’m not sure if anyone is aware but if you have a problem child, a lot of programs that help are being cut back and some cut, period. What do you think these young ppl will grow up and do when they get older?? *Something to think about when making all these budget cuts.

    >>> 1.8 Million cut from Cedarbridge >>> 1.4 Million cut from Berkeley

    • Nicole says:

      You can’t rehabilitate people like that, sorry I don’t believe it. [edited for legal reasons] Someone capable of murder will do it regardless. Therapy won’t change that. Why shouldn’t he been in jail forever? He took that mans life. He’s gone, never to come back. His family won’t ever see him again. He deserves to have as much of his freedom taken away as possible.

      • Boss Lady says:

        Nicole, I completely understand where you are coming from. Losing someone is heart breaking and can cause a lifetime of hurt… but we can’t throw away the baby with the bath water. Like I said I dunno the ppl involved. I can’t speak to THIS particular young man but in my opinion, ALL young men that commit murder shouldn’t be thrown away. Some can be helped.

        What this young man has done was wicked. #Judus

        • Think about it says:

          It doesn’t matter IF he can be helped. He took a life, and therefore his should be forfeit. He shouldn’t be locked away, he should be hanged

    • JWOW! says:

      Completely agree!!

  14. N/A says:

    Justice directly for Demiko Martin & indirectly for [edited for legal reasons]

    • Think about it says:

      I know what you were trying to say, and I agree. Bernews shouldn’t have edited that, that case has been closed.

  15. No Respect says:

    The signs of the times indeed. I am too sick of people saying “they didn’t know their child was” give me a break I know EXACTLY where my kids are every second of every day literally. My kids are not perfect and make mistakes but be assured that if I had ANY knowledge that any of them were doing anything like carrying a gun you betcha I would be the first person to report it. Surely the parents of this young man must have known something or did they play the police for fools?

  16. Nicole says:

    He was always quiet and weird but I never thought he’d turn out to be a murderer. I guess you do have to watch the quiet ones.

    • Very curious says:

      Quiet? Hell no! Weird? YESS!! Rude? Absolutely!!
      Of my middle school class if I had to choose which one of us would grow up to become a murderer it would have been him.

      • Nicole says:

        LMAO! Wow. Really? He was ALWAYS quiet around me and others and I knew after middle school.

    • next? says:

      “I guess you do have to watch the quiet ones”

      No chance of you ending up in Westgate then, Nicole.

  17. He deserves all the time he can get. serves you right Kevin its a wrap buddy it doesnt pay to be bad it will cost you your FREEDOM >> !!!!!!!!!!

  18. Motts Apple Sauce says:

    Same gun used in multiple murders.
    So it’s being rented or loaned?
    Going back to the same person… location?

  19. Concerned says:

    I think this was a set up! I don’t think he wanted to kill his friend but someone made him do it!! That’s why he went to the police first and used the same “West End Gun”! These boys have been friends for years so what could posses him to kill! Someone in the “West End” knew he could get close enough to kill him. If this is the case he is CRAZY for not speaking up!

    • Just sad says:

      I totally agree with ‘concerned’…clearly he did it for someone else

      • hhmmiwonder says:

        I totally agree as well – also another question remains (if/did he “really” do it)!?

        Just sitting back and looking at it all from beginning to end, it has indeed come cross my mind a few times!! :s

      • BE4Real says:

        But to spend the next 25+ years for someone else is Insane. It’s gonna be one of those cases where the full story never sees the light of day.

  20. Act Like You Know says:

    Good they should throw the key away where the ships dock!!!!!!!!! That way they won’t find it there. I hope he gets life….

  21. spirit says:

    I really think they will make n example of him …like 25 years…What was the clorox bath all about the evidence was on your bike handle…didn’t clean up to good! Well this is going to be the first and last time that suit is gonna fit him!

    • Terry says:

      Spirit, you actually believe what you wrote. “n example”….what freeking Planet you live on.

      So some kids are friends and they just run around and shoot their friend when the big Drug Boss says to do so. S$%t…25 years, better than living in DocYard, things are tight…….you may serve 15-18 years. Body building, sex, drugs three squares a day better than living on the outside……….. plus you failed Math…….

      The young man should get life in prison ( does not apply in Bermuda) Calous coward.

      You weigh the differance. Mother looses Son, shot dead. Mother looses Son ..can’t see him except on weekends………………………….

      Screw you lot.

      • Think about it says:

        @ Terry

        You’re not the real Terry. Terry doesn’t say anything intelligent when he speaks.

  22. O I C says:

    They said mr martin died “with his pants down to his ankles”
    This sounds very strange……..
    What are these youths into nowadays?

    • Whoyafoolin says:

      That doesn’t surprise me! They do wear the waist around the knees, so when he fell to the ground his pants did too! Where’s your mind at?

  23. one love says:

    I wonder what made him kill him..probably something as little as over a girl, jealousy or a joint! Well little one the bus stops here for u…get off and serve your time U deserve it fool!

  24. Face the Nation says:

    Now here comes the best part .. The Breaking of The Foot up the Backside . But wait before the Judge sentences him to life without the possibility of parole (premeditated murder ) a deal must be struck … He has to give give up info .. Like who gave him the gun ,who owns the gun and where and how do these people operate ,then maybe he might get parole after 25yrs.

    • spirit says:

      I agree with you Face the nation strike up a deal with him before they sentence him!

      • Terry says:

        Your next door neighbor whom you think is so cool and responsible.

  25. YES MATE! says:

    I hope the judge has the balls to do what’s right in sentencing this guy. Anything short of life with no parole would be a crime.

  26. Eron says:

    This guy needs to sit in jail for the rest of his life.

  27. Terry says:

    My identity and life have been compromised by some fool on Facebook who threatened to kill me.

    I have taken matters into my own hands and the authorities have been notified.

    Please print this Bernews.

    No more from me here.

    • Don says:

      Sorry to hear that Terry! I never really understood most of your post, but thats no reason for someone to kill you. Wish you the best & stay safe.

    • Truth is killin' me... says:

      Don’t LEAVE Terry…you make us LAUGH!!!

    • Think about it says:

      How was your identity compromised? The only way that could have happened is if someone from bernews gave out your info.

      • bernews says:

        He is talking about something someone said to him on Facebook….nothing was said here.

        • Think about it says:

          I didn’t say anything was said here. I said that the only way for someone to find out who he is, is if someone at bernews gave out his email address. I doubt someone that is threatening his life is capable of tracking his ip address through your website, finding his name, and then finding his facebook. So what other explaination is there?

          • Nicole says:

            He uses his real name on here and on bernews facebook. Its not hard to figure it out. Thats on him.

          • bernews says:

            They would not need to “find” his Facebook it happened there.

            He and another person had an argument on Facebook. No words were exchanged on this site.

            Since the Facebook account is under his full name and his email address is publically listed on the Facebook page, its not exactly hard to find. Its sitting right there, same as many others.

            Terry has been a good friend to us, and we hope he will be back.

            • Think about it says:

              That sucks. Oh well Terry, next time, stick with the bernews site and leave facebook alone.

              • Terry says:

                Thanks guys. As for Nicole, I am whom I am. Nothing on Facebook I said to this individual was offencive, libellous, et al. They sent me messages and also made threats on facebook which were quite disturbing. Thanfully, Patricia removed them but I saved them on a disc.

                Not to worry. The FBI have visited me and it is now in their hands. Threats like this are taken seriously and since my wife is high profile Federal Government it caused me concern.

                A great day to all.

                Keep up the good work Patricia.

                • Nicole says:

                  Hey like I said it’s on you. You’re right you are who you are. I have no real problem with it and it’s messed up to say the least that someone has threatened you. lol I see you still have a sense of humor about it all though.

  28. Second says:

    Guilty of premeditated murder — give him real life and off island!!

  29. wondering says:

    wow………..when will this zhit stop?!?

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  32. sok says:

    It funny how all u ppl r so quick to juz an innocent man!..y incriminated himself!..but I tell u that he didn’t pull no triger!..they had no reson to send him jail!..they had no motive..nuffin!.smh!.um got ya bak kav!.hold ya head high kid!..the lords knows!

    • Chioke Simmons says:

      I guess you pulled it bro. It surely looks like it was him .

    • Nicole says:

      I would reply to this in a serious manner but judging by the way you type you aren’t wrapped to tight/your mentality is probably the same as his. He could have been caught on tape and people like you would still say he’s innocent. I’d say more but I’d be “edited for legal reasons”, again although it’s public record.

      • Can you handle this says:

        Nicole believe it or not..there is more to this story than meets the eye..

        • Nicole says:

          Oh really @Can you handle this? As if we haven’t heard that a million times. Do share.

          • It is what it is says:

            Nicole those that need to know are well aware…no need to share …you would be surprised….and even if we have heard it a trillion times than so be it….It just amazes me when there are stones left unturned….

            • Nicole says:

              How do you know that I’m not aware? I wanted to see what can you handle this had to say/how much he/she was willing to say. As I was addressing them and not you. This is Bermuda it shouldn’t amaze you that stones are left unturned. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out regardless.

              • It is what it is says:

                @ Nicole I am signed in on another computer and I am “It is what it is” My apologies as I forgot that my pen name is different when signed on here..and more power to you if you are aware..I know probably more than I should but none the less..What I am amazed at is the fact that you always hear that they want to stop all the madness yet there is so much corruption going on from the top that would make one think that this is not entirely true…As stated I know a lot and as the saying goes ..”If I tell you I will have to kill you…. some things are just best left unsaid…..

                • It is what it is says:

                  I meant I am “Can you Handle This” when I am logged in at school. The way you can tell this is by the little icon in the right upper corner..they are the same meaning the same email address is used for both names….

                • Nicole says:

                  lol okay. Believe me I know what you mean, exactly but that wasn’t really what I was getting at or what I though you were getting at but anywho….

                  I don’t see why you are using different names though, it’d be a lot easier if you just used the same name even though the icon would still be changed.

    • Think about it says:

      @ sok

      You’re a moron. You really think this fool is innocent? What are the chances of someone going to court TWICE for TWO DIFFERENT MURDERS and the person being not guilty?! Give me a damn break. Are you the guys relative or something?

      I just can’t believe he was so dumb as to not clean up his act and stay out of trouble. They should tie a rope around his neck and hang him. I just hope that when he gets out of jail he doesn’t reproduce and bring a child into the world that’s like him

  33. BE4Real says:

    I won’t put too much time on this only to say that unless u were in court u all need to stop listening to the medias spin on any court case. The Clorox and vinegar bath was challenged by the Defense and the witness never actually saw him bathing in Clorox…B 4 Real bathe ur ass in Clorox then turn yourself in a few hours later and noone smells the scent on u…or skin lesions not seen…

    • There wouldn’t be any skin lesions – probably 15% bleach to 85% water!! The smell?? Probably took a few more baths/showers with soap and water! He is not that stupid!!

      • BE4Real says:

        NAH…just “stupid” enough to ask for an “alibi” from someone who stated that she just met him earlier that week. Nope “He is Not That Stupid!!!” at all!!

        • Can you handle this says:

          Who by the way willingly provided it. That’s why she was charged for doing so…so stupid is as stupid does…birds of a feather…..

      • Can you handle this says:

        B4real is acorrect witness did not actually “see” him bathing in clorax she just saw the bottle open on the side of the tub……believe only half of what you hear and all that you see…and as mentioned she did not “see”……..

  34. Think about it says:

    What shocks me is that this fool didn’t think to clean up his act having already been through a murder trial. I wonder what his defense lawyer for the first case has to say about this. Defending someone who was later released and went on to kill someone else. Smh.

  35. Toni M R says:

    My heart is saddened for the families of these two young men. No parent should have to bury their child or see them locked away. I am in no way condoning murder. However, I would like to see the hands of those parents who are raising perfect children who will grow up to be perfect people and do every thing right. None of us can do…for we are not perfect ourselves…as some have stated, we can teach our children right from wrong and the consquences of negative behaviours, love them and spend time with them and affirm them. The choice is ultimately up to them. All we can do is pray that they will remember all that they have been taught and do the right thing.

  36. confused? says:

    This is a strange case with gaps missing. Did they come up with a motive? Then he turns himself in…. It seeems like it may have been a hand behind him pushing him to do this if he did it. take note and i am not being funny but the fact that they pointed out on more than one occasion that his pants where around his ankles says something i no these boys where baggy pants but…. and he just recently got out of jail…… then he was shot in his back. I no uma prolly get blasted but i dont mind a little education 101. Something is not right? Mayb i wasn’t paying enough attention.

    • Think about it says:

      I agree, I think something “funny” was going on between the two. One news source says he was shot from below and behind, but another says he was shot at close range. Add that to the “pants at the ankles” thing and I’m starting to piece together what happened or how he got Mr. Martin to drop his guard.

  37. john says:

    all you have to do is get one of these guys that they know is involed in gangs and toture the hell out of him to get info of the were abouts of the tool, i mean pull out nails and teeth type of torture.. break there knees and shit, somewere in a basement at headquarters,get some tired cops with mask on and just ,,,,,, oh man i got goose bumps just now,,,anyway, i would love to organize something like that