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Suspect denies role in Stovell shooting

A murder suspect has told a jury that he played no part in the fatal shooting of Lorenzo Stovell.

Mr Stovell was shot dead as he sat in a minibus parked across from Woody's in Sandys on September 23, 2012.

Yesterday, Zikai Cann took the stand and denied any involvement in Mr Stovell's murder.

He also explained why police officers had discovered his palm print on the outside of the minibus when the vehicle was forensically examined after the killing.

Mr Cann told the court that on Friday, September 21, 2012 — two days before Mr Stovell's murder — the same minibus had stopped across from Woody's.

He told the Supreme Court that on the Friday evening he had driven up to the parked bus on his bike and leant against it as he spoke to a woman inside the vehicle. “I rode up to the bus and I leant on the bus sitting on my bike,” he said.

“I was talking to the girl through the window. She said her name was Malina.

“I asked her for her number and she said she didn't give out her number, so I just rode home.”

Mr Cann, along with co-defendant Travonne Saltus, are accused of murdering Mr Stovell in September 2012.

A third defendant, Cordova Simons-Marshall, is accused of helping to conceal the gun after the shooting.

Yesterday afternoon under cross-examination from prosecutor Carrington Mahoney, Mr Cann admitted he was part of the MOB gang and showed jurors an MOB tattoo on his hand.

He also confirmed that he had been at Woody's on the evening of Mr Stovell's murder.

But Mr Cann insisted that he had not known Mr Stovell was in the minibus during the evening and had never approached the vehicle with a group of other men. Mr Mahoney accused Mr Cann of “concocting” the story of touching the bus two days before the murder and described his testimony relating to the palm print as “lies”.

But Mr Cann replied: “That is the truth.”

He went on to say: “I am not lying, you have got this one wrong. I did not have anything to do with Lorenzo Stovell's murder.”

Mr Cann, 27, and Mr Saltus, 28, both deny murder and using a firearm to commit murder.

Mr Simons-Marshall, 26, denies handling a 9mm Smith and Wesson autoloading pistol and being an accessory after the murder by concealing the gun.

The case continues.

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Murder victim Lorenzo Stovell

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Published March 07, 2017 at 8:52 am (Updated March 08, 2017 at 8:13 am)

Suspect denies role in Stovell shooting

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