The attorney for Tesha Miller, Bert Samuels, today urged the jury to carefully consider the facts of the case when deliberating on the innocence or guilt of his client.
Both the defence and prosecution delivered closing arguments today.
Miller is on trial for being an accessory before and after the fact to murder in relation to the 2008 killing of then Jamaica Urban Transit Company Chairman, Douglas Chambers.
Miller addressed the court in his own defence.
He denied the allegation when he delivered an unsworn statement from the dock.
An unsworn statement allows defendants to addresses the court in response to the allegations leveled against them without the possibility of being cross examined by prosecutors.
Miller told the presiding Judge and Jurors that before the current Court proceedings he’s never seen the prosecution’s star witness.
He also told the Supreme Court in Downtown Kingston that he did not order the killing of “the JUTC man”.
Miller also denied being a gangster and told the jury that he’s a welder.
At the end of his statement, Miller commented – “I am innocent”.
Following Miller’s brief statement the defence rested its case.
In closing arguments, the Crown asked the jury to accept its main witness as being truthful.
The prosecution reminded the jury that the witness admitted in his evidence that if he wanted to lie on Miller he would have said Miller killed Douglas Chambers.
The prosecution defended the witness’ evidence in court, pointing out that he explained the discrepancies that arose.
In defending giving the witness a plea bargain, the Crown invoked scripture.
It told the jury to remember that Jesus “came for sinners”, and said the plea bargain serves the same purpose.
The Crown said based on the evidence provided, Miller is guilty.
Meanwhile, in his closing arguments, Mr. Samuels urge the jurors to hold their positions when deliberating on the matter.
Mr. Samuels also urged the jury to look at the evidence on its own merit.
He said the inconsistencies in the evidence of the State’s witness makes him a liar.
According to Mr. Samuels, the witness knew about the murder because he heard rumours while he was serving time with Andre ‘Blackman’ Bryan in prison.
Mr. Samuels urged the jury to throw out fanciful excuses that don’t make sense.
In closing, Mr. Samuels told the jury that if they believe there’s reasonable doubt in Miller’s guilt, then their verdict should be not guilty.
He says if they believe the witness is a liar then the verdict against Miller should be not guilty.
Presiding judge, Georgianna Fraser, will begin her summation of the matter on Monday at 10.