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Lawyer challenges judge’s rulings on relevance of questions

  • Khofe Goodman (center). FILE

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: May 02, 2013

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A defense lawyer yesterday challenged the judge presiding over the Kofhe Goodman murder trial on his rulings regarding the relevance of his questions.

Goodman, who is also known as Edwardo Ferguson, has denied allegations that he murdered 11-year-old Marco Archer sometime between September 23 and 28, 2011.

For the fourth day, Geoffrey Farquharson grilled Detective Constable 3003 Denria Johnson over her handling of clothing found in a garbage bag that was submitted for DNA testing.

Johnson said she found a gray Bob Marley shirt, boxer shorts, tan pants and a pair of slippers in the garbage in front of a condominium complex on Yorkshire Street on September 28.

Prosecutors allege that the maggot-covered body of a naked male found behind the complex was Archer’s.

Throughout his questioning, Farquharson was interrupted when Justice Bernard Turner ruled that his questions were inadmissible.

At one point Farquharson complained that he could “hardly ask questions in a coherent manner without being interrupted.”

Turner said, “The court will interrupt you as often as the court finds necessary.”

Farquharson replied, “Yes, My Lord, I notice that.”

Turner also chastised Farquharson for commentary while questioning the witness.

When Farquharson asked Johnson if anything on the clothing was connected to Marco Archer, the judge determined that question should not be answered.

Farquharson then called the judge’s ruling “improper”.

Turner excused jurors and discussions occurred in their absence.

This is the second time the trial was halted following remarks by Farquharson.

The trial was adjourned abruptly on Tuesday after Farquharson suggested that Garvin Gaskin, the deputy director of public prosecutions, was coaching the witness by “gesturing” to her.

Gaskin denied the allegation and asked Farquharson to “keep my name out of your mouth”.

Yesterday, Turner asked the jurors to disregard the exchange as they were to make a determination on the evidence.

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