Wednesday 1 April, 2020

Murder trial: 52 pellets removed from dead man's body

Almost 80 penetrating injuries were found on the body of murdered Jason Husbands when his post-mortem was conducted on August 28, 2012.

This surprising piece of evidence came from pathologist Corinthia Dupuis today as the murder trial of Kason Kemar Edwards continued in the No. 2 Supreme Court.  

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Edwards, 40, of Gays, St. Peter is on trial for the August 21, 2012, murder of Jason Husbands. Husbands was allegedly gunned down in Lamberts, St. Lucy when he got out of his truck to remove rocks that were blocking his path along the road.

Prosecuting is Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale, the defence is represented by lawyer Arthur Holder.

Dupuis, who has been practising since 1999 and works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), gave a detailed description of her examination back on August 28, 2012.

She told the court 52 pellets were removed from the body. 

Those pellets caused damage to vital internal organs like the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Husbands also sustained broken ribs and died from shock.

When the court viewed pictures of the body at the crime scene, numerous wounds could be seen on the back, right side. Dupuis said the wounds were consistent with pellets of a shotgun that was fired from no less than two feet.

Firearms examiner 7538, Sergeant David Leslie, was the next witness to take the stand and gave an in-depth explanation to the court about the nature of a 12-gauge shotgun like the one allegedly used in Jason's killing. He said the shotgun was a particular brand that was made up of a shot-cup which stored pellets.The pellets are forced out of the shotgun by the gunpowder when the trigger is pulled. It would take, he said "seven to eight pounds of pressure to pull the trigger". Leslie told the court that the wounds on Husbands' body were consistent with what shotgun pellets would cause. The firearms expert, who said he examined 2500 firearms in his 11 years, explained that the shotgun was a shoulder-fired shotgun and the handle had been sawed off. The shotgun and pellets were examined by Leslie.

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Holder, in his cross-examination, asked Leslie if it was possible that "fingerprints could be derived from the [handle] of the gun" to which Leslie said it was possible. However, no fingerprinting was done by him as he was the firearms examiner.

Seale also questioned witness, Dr. Jasmine Crump, today. Crump said she pronounced death around 6:10 p.m when she went to the scene at Lamberts.

The case continues on Monday.

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