Tucker found guilty of Deepdale murder


A Warwick man accused of a 2017 fatal shooting was unanimously found guilty by a jury yesterday.

Kiari Tucker, 22, was found guilty on charges that he murdered Morlan Steede and used a firearm to commit an indictable offence after 5˝ hours of deliberation.

Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves remanded Tucker into custody for sentencing on July 16.

The Supreme Court heard Mr Steede, 30, was chased through the Deepdale area of Pembroke at about 9.40pm on November 3, 2017 by a gunman who shot him at least three times.

He was rushed to hospital and treated for gunshot wounds, but died of his injuries.

Born in Jamaica, Mr Steede was a married father of one who lived in Hamilton Parish.

His death was the 35th caused by gun violence in Bermuda since 2009.

CCTV cameras from the area recorded a man walking up Two Way Deepdale in a full-face helmet at 9.14pm.

Half an hour later, the same camera recorded a foot chase from One Way Deepdale to Parsons Road.

Footage from minutes after the shooting showed bystanders on Parsons Road, where Mr Steede collapsed.

Tucker was arrested for the attack the next day after police found him hidden under clothes in a closet in his godmother’s apartment.

Tests later showed particles consistent with gunshot residue on his hands, along with items of clothing found at his home.

Prosecutors claimed Tucker was the man seen on camera walking through Deepdale and chasing Mr Steede.

They argued mobile phone records placed Mr Tucker in the area at the time of the murder and evidence from a British forensic gait expert who identified similarities between his walk and that of the suspect.

They told the jury that Tucker stalked and killed Mr Steede before he returned to Court Street, where he was seen without a jacket he had worn earlier in the evening.

But Tucker denied the allegations and said he was not involved in the murder. He told the jury he spent most of the evening selling crack cocaine on Court Street, but went to the Deepdale area during the evening to buy cannabis.

Tucker said he saw the victim there, but returned to Court Street after he bought the drugs.

The defendant said shortly after he returned he walked to Curving Avenue to prepare more crack for sale and accidentally left his jacket at a “gambling spot” on his way back to Court Street.

He admitted that he hid from police, but said he did so because he was afraid of going back to jail, not because he had shot Mr Steede.

Tucker said he had no idea how gunshot residue could have got on to his clothing.

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