Ex-girlfriend of accused murderer takes stand
The former girlfriend of a man accused of committing a double-murder testified today that he told her about events which took place the night before at a St George residence.
In her evidence, Keisha Reece told the No. 5 Supreme Court that in August 2011, she and Deon Maynard lived together in Rendezvous, Christ Church.
Reece was testifying during the trial in which Maynard, 41, is accused of murdering Arthur Frederick Chaderton and his son-in-law Gerhard Stock on August 2, 2011.
Both men died after being shot at Chaderton’s Salters,
St George home. Stock, his wife Meta and their children were vacationing in Barbados at the time.
Reece recalled that on August 2, 2011, the accused drove her when she went to visit her mother in St George. She left there around 7 p.m. by taxi to return to their home.
When she arrived, Maynard was in the bath. Although he said nothing to her that night, the following morning he spoke to her. According to Reece, that was when he said that he and X went to a house in St George the previous night and that he was in the kitchen with a woman and children, while X was somewhere else in the house.
The witness further recalled Maynard telling her that X was scuffling with two men and when he (the accused) heard shots, he ran out of the house.
Under cross-examination by Maynard, who is representing himself, the accused man put it to his ex-girlfriend that the red car she claimed he drove on August 1 was in the mechanic shop on August 2, 2011 and he was actually driving a hired grey Toyota at the time.
“Did anyone tell you what time this incident would have occurred?” Maynard asked.
“No,” she replied.
When asked whether she had been threatened by police to give a statement or if it had been done voluntarily, Reece said she had not been threatened by anyone.
Maynard questioned the witness further by asking: “You said that I would have told you that I went to a house in
St George and after some shots was fired and I went in a house with some old lady, that I ran out after X was scuffling with some men, right?”
“Yes, you said you ran out after you heard some shots,” Reece replied.
“If I had told you this, why didn’t you go to the police?” the accused man asked.
“I was scared; I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t go,” the witness responded.
“Were you scared of me or scared of the situation?”
“The situation,” the witness said.
In re-examining Reece, Principal Crown Counsel Anthony Blackman wanted to know from her whether anything had transpired between August 1 and the following day when Maynard spoke to her, that would cause her “to come and tell this court things he did not tell you?”
“No,” she said.
Justice Jacqueline Cornelius is presiding over the trial in which a voir dire was again conducted for most of the day.
The matter is expected to continue tomorrow.