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Jury hears that bullet casing was found near scene of alleged murder

A bullet casing was found on the street where a man was allegedly murdered, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.

Sergeant Bernadette Lawrence said she also found “three or four” blood splatters in the middle of Deepdale Street, Pembroke, as well as the bullet shell a short distance away.

They were discovered shortly after Morlan Steede, 35, was alleged to have been fatally shot. Kiari Tucker, 25, of Warwick, has pleaded not guilty to the murder or Mr Steede and the use of a firearm on November 3, 2017.

The court also heard from Detective Constable Anneka Donawa who said that she and several other officers went to Mr Tucker’s Warwick home on November 4, where they placed him under arrest for questioning.

Officers executed a search warrant and took samples of clothing, including Nike shoes, a jacket, and a pair of jeans, for an analysis of gunshot residue.

A handkerchief and a fitted bed sheet were also confiscated for analysis.

Ms Donawa said that she took Mr Tucker to the Hamilton Police Station where his palms were swabbed for gunshot residue and he was interviewed.

She added that she took the clothing, bedsheet and handkerchief to St David’s Police Station on November 28 for analysis.

She also submitted Mr Tucker’s palm swabs and a GSR analysis kit to the police station the same day.

The trial, before Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe, continues.

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