#X6MurderTrial Update: Patrick Powell Walks Free

Corporate Area businessman, Patrick Powell, has been found not guilty of murder and shooting with intent.

Powell was found not guilty this morning after prosecutors offered no further evidence against him in the so called X-6 murder trial.

The case against Powell fell apart in the Home Circuit Court in Downtown Kingston on Friday.

This after the prosecution main witness, taxi Driver – Wayne Wright, backtracked from a statement he gave the police which identified Powell as the man who killed Khajeel Mais in July 2011.

This morning lead Prosecutor Jeremy Taylor told the Court that, in the circumstances with no credible eye witness, the crown had no option but to close its case.

Presiding Judge, Justice Lloyd Hibbert, then directed the Jury to return a formal not guilty verdict against Powell.

The X-6 murder case captured the attention of the nation on July 1, 2011 when news emerged that 17-year old Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais, was cut down in Havendale St. Andrew.

Mais was allegedly shot after the driver of a X6 Sports Utility Vehicle fired gunshots into the taxi in which he was travelling.

The shots were fired after both vehicles collided. Patrick Powell was accused of the crime.

Powell left Jamaica shortly after the alleged incident. He returned shortly afterwards and was charged by the Police.

The businessman is still before the Half Way Tree gun court on a charge of failing to comply with a lawful request by the Police to turn over his licensed firearm for testing.

The outcome of the trial in Home Circuit court is already generating outrage on social media.

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