|Witness said he was offered money to implicate murder-accused|
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: Aug 17, 2012
In a surprising twist yesterday a prosecution witness chipped away at the credibility of the star witness in a murder case.
Prosecutor Jillian Williams told presiding Justice Jon Isaacs that she intended to close her case against Kevin Dawkins without calling all of the witnesses listed on the information.
Dawkins, 27, is accused of breaking into the home of his ex-girlfriend Kimberley Morgan and killing her 39-year-old fiance Fitzroy McDonald, in a vicious stabbing attack on November 19, 2009.
However, defense lawyer Murrio Ducille said that he wanted to question Hensel Brennen, who helped maintain the guest houses on Morgan’s property at Gregory Town, Eleuthera.
Morgan, 50, gave graphic testimony on Wednesday, describing how Dawkins, 27, burst into her home and attacked her with a cooking fork until McDonald intervened. As she fled to get help, Morgan said Dawkins was stabbing McDonald, whom she called ‘Fitzie’.
Asked by Ducille if she had asked Brennen to testify in the case, she replied, “No, I can’t issue a subpoena.”
Once Williams tendered Brennen for cross-examination, he claimed that Morgan had influenced his statement to police by asking him to implicate Dawkins.
Ducille asked, “Isn’t it a fact, sir, that she (Morgan) approached you to give evidence in this case?”
Brennen replied, “Yes sir.”
“And she made promises to you to give evidence in this case,” Ducille suggested.
“Yes, sir,” Brennen said.
Ducille continued, “In fact, Kimberley Morgan told you to come here to say that you saw Kevin Dawkins in the house on the night of November 19,” Ducille continued.
“Yes, sir,” was the reply.
“She actually told you what to tell police.”
“You were not even there,” Ducille said.
“No, sir. Me and my brother, we were out balling.”
Questioned again by Williams, Brennen disclosed that Morgan promised him money, which he received.
She asked, “Did you speak to any other lawyer?”
Brennen responded, “I didn’t know he was the defense lawyer. I spoke to him.”