Convicted Murderer Launches Legal Appeal

June 12, 2012

Kevin Andre Warner — who was convicted of murdering his friend and jailed for 35 years — launched an appeal in Court yesterday [June 11].

In July of last year he was sentenced to life in prison, with a stipulation he must serve 35 years before being eligible for parole. Mr Warner, 22, will be eligible for parole in 2046 when he is 56 years old.

At around 1am on May 28th 2010, 24-year-old Dekimo “Purple” Martin was hit by multiple gunshots at his Sandys residence. In June 2010 Mr Warner was charged with the murder, with his trial starting in May 2011.

During the trial the jury heard that Mr Warner and Mr Martin — who were friends —  had spent time together during the day and were seen outside talking together the night of the murder.

Yesterday defence lawyer Elizabeth Christopher told the Court of Appeal that the trial judge did not direct the jury well, failing to highlight weaknesses in one eyewitness’ testimony. The victim’s sister had testified at the trial that she saw a man fitting Mr Warner’s description running away after her brother was shot.

Ms Christopher told the Court that at that time [1am] it was dark, and also that the shooter would have been 75 feet away which makes an identification difficult, and is something she said the judge should have highlighted to the jury. Ms Christopher also brought up other matters, saying that showing the jury certain photos was prejudicial, as was testimony from the police about Mr Warner’s gang connections.

The appeal is expected to continue today.

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  1. cant believe it says:

    lol please gimmie a break Bermuda is the one of the only places in the world where we can tell who a person is just by watching them walk or run from behind, doubt what i say take a drive down town and watch how fast you notice a girl or a guy you know way down de road by watching them from behind

  2. just saying says:

    I’m NOT taking sides but there are many incidents which have happen to me were someone has come up to me from behind thinking I am someone else. I’m just saying!

  3. Really Tired of this says:

    SOOOOOOOOO true…… he just mad cause he has along time to sit behind bars. 2046 WOW. Hey you do the crime do the time. This is a joke hahaha. OK Stop laughing. Waisting the courts time. NEXT!!!!!

  4. BeEs says:

    Shocking – I don’t see why the judge needs to highlight inadequacies in the testimony of witnesses…surely that is the job of defence counsel???

  5. wat am i hearing says:

    Let his a$$ rut in jail!!!! Simple as that!!!!

  6. M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

    I can’t see what the big deal is . He only has to serve 420 months . Demiko’s family and loved one’s have to serve their entire Life without him .

  7. purppppppppp says:

    Kevin I hope u die in jail u punk b$#@h.

  8. ella says:

    Shut up “just saying” Your comment has made me angry!