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Combined evidence proves Kiari Tucker shot victim, says prosecutor

A Supreme Court jury was told to look at a “tapestry of evidence” to assess whether or not a man was guilty of murder.

Kiari Tucker, 25, of Warwick, has denied shooting Morlan Steede to death on November 3, 2017 in the One Way Deepdale area of Pembroke.

Carrington Mahoney, for the Crown, told the court during his closing statement that much of the evidence, including gunshot residue found on Mr Tucker’s clothing and cell tower readings, supported his argument that he shot Mr Steede, 35.

Mr Mahoney pointed to CCTV footage of Mr Tucker and of the alleged shooter, noting that an eyewitness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pointed out the two had the same gait.

He added that the “thread of evidence, when woven together with the rest of the context and evidence given, shows that Mr Tucker must have fired the gun”.

Mr Mahoney pointed towards the particles of gunshot residue found on Mr Tucker’s clothing and handkerchief, both of which were worn during the night of the shooting, and said Mr Tucker firing the gun was the most likely explanation.

He told the court that mobile phone tower signals traced Mr Tucker moving from Court Street, Hamilton to the One Way Deepdale area several times before returning to Court Street and driving to his home in Warwick.

Mr Mahoney added that this supported his claim that Mr Tucker went to “scope out” Mr Steede before shooting him and fleeing the scene.

Marc Daniels, for the defence, told the court that the prosecution was “using a narrative to overlay the evidence”.

He said that the claim that his client had an extra change of clothes to conduct the shooting in was “silly”, adding that there was no evidence that his client took an extra change of clothes, had someone else bring clothes or stash them anywhere.

Mr Daniels said: “What the Crown is trying to say is that he’s smart enough to act with the gunshot residue in mind, but dumb enough to take the kill kit home with him.

“It’s ridiculous that a man had the presence of mind to change some parts of his clothing and take it all home.”

Mr Daniels reminded the jury that it was possible that gunshot residue could have been transferred to his client’s clothing from the hands of the investigating firearms officers.

He added that the witness who claimed that Mr Tucker was the shooter based on his gait was an unreliable witness based on his admission that he was later unsure of himself.

Mr Daniels said: “We are not going to insult your intelligence. No matter what you see, there is no evidence that the figure we see is Kiari Tucker.”

The trial continues.

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