TIMELINE: X6 Murder Trial ... From Khajeel Mais' Death To Court Proceedings


TIMELINE: X6 Murder Trial ... From Khajeel Mais' Death To Court Proceedings

TIMELINE: X6 Murder Trial ... From Khajeel Mais' Death To Court Proceedings

July 1, 2011: Seventeen-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais shot dead when the driver of a BMW X6 reportedly opens fire on the taxi in which he is travelling after it collided with the sport utility vehicle. The driver of the X6 flees the scene.

July 11: Suspect in the killing held.

July 16: Mais laid to rest after a funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston.

July 20: Fifty-year-old Patrick Powell, a businessman of Belgrade Loop, Kingston 19, who was implicated in the shooting death of Mais, is charged with murder, shooting with intent, illegal possession of firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and failure to produce firearm for inspection.

November 8: Forensic report in the murder case reveals that the back of the right hand of the deceased, Khajeel Mais, had gunpowder residue at trace levels. Defence attorney Patrick Atkinson reasons that the gunpowder residue meant that Mais had fired a gun. However, Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Caroline Hay dismisses Atkinson's claim, arguing the trace of gunpowder residue could have been transferred to the deceased's hand by someone who had fired a gun.

November 9: Powell granted bail in the sum of $10 million with one or two sureties.

June 18, 2012: Powell appears in the Home Circuit Court where the trial for the murder was postponed to September 17.

October 18, 2016: Trial start, prosecutors reverse decision to have case tried in camera.

October 19: The main prosecution witness recounts the moment 17-year-old Khajeel Mais was shot inside his vehicle but admitted he did not see who fired the bullets.

October 20: Prosecution main witness rejects aspects of two statement he gave investigators, recants statement triggering collapse of prosecutions case.

October 21:  Prosecution asks for early adjournment to ponder case.

October 24: Prosecution says it has no further evidence, judge directs jury to return not guilty verdict.

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