The Reverend Al Miller has been found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Parish Court Justice, Simone Wolfe-Reece handed down the verdict this morning. The near two year long court case will end come September 15 when Miller is to be sentenced.
Before announcing the guilty verdict – Parish Court Judge Wolfe Reece said that based on evidence presented in the trial, she’s convinced that Al Miller’s behaviour facilitated the desires of Christopher Coke.
The Judge further commented that the evidence supports a finding of fact that Miller was seeking to evade law enforcement in Jamaica.
Miller was arrested by the police on June 24, 2010 after two days of questioning, and charged with harboring a fugitive and perverting the course of justice.
The charges arose from the arrest of then-fugitive Tivoli Don Christopher “Dudus” Coke on June 22 of the same year.
Coke was arrested on the Mandela Highway, after being found in a vehicle driven by Reverend Miller.
Miller made his first court appearance in that same year in July.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges and to this day maintains his innocence.
In court police testified that Miller led them on a high-speed chase before his vehicle, with Coke aboard, was forced to a stop.
Miller denies the claim. He says he was transporting Mr. Coke to turn himself in at the United States Embassy in Kingston. He said Coke was afraid he’d be killed if he turned himself in to local authorities.
A no case submission by the defense was dismissed in June last year. Today within an hour, Miller was told he was found guilty.
Speaking with Nationwide News shortly after, Reverend Miller says he accepts the verdict.
His Attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown, says they await the sentencing before deciding their next move.