|Man acquitted of cousin’s murder|
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: Aug 10, 2012
A jury yesterday unanimously acquitted Von Farquharson of murder in the stabbing death of his first cousin.
The jury also acquitted Farquharson of the alternative charge of manslaughter by a majority verdict of 8-4.
Prosecutors said Farquharson used excessive and unjustifiable force when he stabbed Shamon Kemp in the back outside Henry F. Storr Electric on July 8, 2009.
During the trial, Farquharson admitted stabbing Kemp after he threatened him with a screwdriver.
The verdict brought mixed emotions from an obviously divided family. Kemp’s family left the court visibly upset at the decision. Tears were shed by Farquharson’s family.
Farquharson told The Nassau Guardian, “Firstly I wish to thank God for being vindicated by the court of the charge that was laid against me. I sincerely want to reach out to Shamon’s immediate family to let them know how sorry I am for the incident that led to his death. After all, he was my cousin and the sadness of his passing will forever be with me for the rest of my life. I hope they will allow me to be a part of the healing process which will not bring my cousin back, but I believe that living together as a family again is the best way to honor his memory.”