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More testimony heard in Vanessa Kirkland murder trial

There was more testimony Tuesday at the trial of three members of  the Jamaica Constabulary Force accused of the fatal shooting of 16 year-old Vanessa Kirkland.
 
Vanessa, who was a student of Immaculate Conception High School, was killed on March 20, 2012 when members of a police team opened gunfire on a car in which she was a passenger.
 
Five other passengers were also shot.
 
Constables Anna-Kay Bailey, Durvin Hayles, and Andre Wain Smith are on trial for the murder before the Home Circuit Court. 
 
The results of the post mortem, which were read into evidence on Tuesday, revealed that Vanessa died of bullet wounds to the head and neck.
 
Defence attorneys have suggested that the police were in pursuit of  the blue Suzuki Swift along Spanish Town Road in St. Andrew when they were fired on by occupants of the vehicle and took evasive action along Norman Lane. 
 
This resulted in Vanessa's death.
 
The defence claimed persons in the vehicle were earlier involved in an armed robbery in Portmore and the Hunts Bay Police were put on alert.
 
A cellphone stolen in the robbery was allegedly found in the vehicle.
 
Two witnesses in the vehicle have rejected the claim.
 


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