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Suspects will not take stand in murder trial

Murder victim Lorenzo Stovell

Two men accused of being involved with the Lorenzo Stovell murder have chosen not to give evidence at the trial.

Travonne Saltus and Cordova Simons-Marshall both told jurors yesterday that they would not be taking the stand or calling witnesses in their defence.

Mr Saltus is accused of pulling the trigger when Mr Stovell was shot dead on the evening of September 23, 2012 in a parked minibus across from Woody’s in Sandys.

When asked if he would be giving evidence by Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves, he replied: “No, my lord.”

When asked the same question by the judge, Mr Simons-Marshall responded: “No sir.”

Prosecutors say that Mr Saltus, a third defendant Zakai Cann, and other men approached the parked minibus in September 2012 as Mr Stovell sat behind the driver’s seat.

Witness Troy Harris told detectives after the murder that Mr Saltus confessed to him that he had shot Mr Stovell.

Meanwhile, convicted murderer Christoph Duerr has told jurors that Mr Simons-Marshall contacted him after the killing and passed him a silver 9mm pistol to hide, which Duerr admitted doing.

Earlier this week, Mr Cann took the stand to deny any involvement with the murder.

His palm print was found on the bus when it was forensically examined. However, Mr Cann told the court that he had leant on the bus two days earlier when it had stopped outside Woody’s bar. 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.