Man accused of killing family of six testifies, denies harming them

St. Thomas businessman Michael McLean on Tuesday strongly denied killing a family of six, including four children, in Prospect, St. Thomas in 2006.
Giving sworn testimony Tuesday afternoon at his trial before the Home Circuit, McLean told the jury that the children and their mothers were killed by drug traffickers.
He claimed the mothers, Terry Ann Mohammed and Patrice McCool, were involved in drugs.
He admitted that both women worked for him in his many businesses, include a bar and restaurant in Morant Bay.
According to McLean, on February 25, 2006, gunmen approached Miss Mohammed and demanded the return of guns and drugs stolen by one of her relatives.
He said she was abducted by gunmen after she failed to return the items.
He said did not see her alive again.
McLean, who claimed he was also abducted by the gunmen, said he witnessed them killing six year old Jhaid McCool. Her body was buried in a shallow grave in Rosemont, St. Mary.
He said the men released him after he took them to an area in Rosemont where he had hidden cocaine and a stash of US dollars in bushes.
McLean told the court that he went to have a swim and a nap at a guesthouse after he was released by the gunmen.
He said he was sleeping when he got a call from a policeman that Patrice McCool and three of the children were found murdered at Prospect beach.
He said the policeman and other persons also thought he was a victim.
The trial continues on Thursday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Justice Bertram Morrison rejected McLean's no case submissions.

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