Murder suspect burnt clothes to hide evidence, court hears
A murder suspect threw his clothes on a bonfire to destroy evidence, but police put the flames out and recovered the items, a prosecutor alleged.
Antonio Myers, 25, is said to have been one of the assailants that shot Kumi Harford, 30, multiple times as he sat in his car on St Monica's Road, Pembroke, in the early hours of December 5 2009.
Opening the case against Mr Myers this afternoon, prosecutor Rory Field alleged the killing stemmed from a disturbance earlier that night at Devonshire Recreation Club.
Mr Harford had attended a party at the venue with friends, and was killed later after visiting a friend's house near St Monica's Road, Pembroke.
Mr Field said Mr Harford was shot several times as he sat in his car and 12 bullet cases were found at the scene.
He told the jury more than one assailant was involved and at least two different guns were used.
The prosecutor alleged Mr Myers sought advice from “older, more experienced men” within an hour or so of the shooting because he was worried evidence could be found on his clothes.
He said the accused man was dissatisfied with the advice given and the reluctance of these others to get involved, so proceeded to burn the items.
“Antonio Myers, together with some of his associates, they made a small bonfire behind a house in Middletown and set about burning the evidence, the clothes and shoes,” said Mr Field.
“Police were quickly on the scene, found the fire, extinguished it, and were able to save a number of clothing items from the fire before they were destroyed.
“Several of the items were able to be traced via DNA on them to actually match Antonio Myers. His DNA was found on several items of clothing found in that bonfire.
“The Crown say that within less than an hour of the murder, the defendant was burning his clothes to destroy evidence of his part in the killing.”
Mr Field said Mr Myers, of Rambling Lane, Pembroke, went on vacation to Jamaica after that. He was arrested at the airport when he returned to Bermuda after Christmas.
He added that although Mr Myers is the only person on trial, he is equally guilty of murder whether he fired the fatal shot or not, because he can also be convicted on the basis of aiding and abetting the crime.
Mr Myers denies murder and using a firearm to commit murder, and the case continues.