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Court hears Goodman put up struggle during arrest

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: May 14, 2013

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The man charged with the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer was arrested after a struggle, a police officer testified yesterday.

ASP Christopher Wright said he arrested Kofhe Goodman around 7:30 p.m. on September 27, 2011 at a pink and white apartment complex on Yorkshire Street.

The following day, a team of officers found the decomposing remains of a naked male child, whom prosecutors allege is Archer, in bushes near the complex.

Archer’s family reported him missing after he failed to return to his Brougham Street home on September 23 after going to a neighborhood store.

Goodman is accused of murdering Archer between September 23 and 28.

He has denied the charge at his trial before Justice Bernard Turner.

Wright said Goodman, whom he also knew as Elvardo Ferguson, was leaving the property in a white Nissan Maxima.

Wright said he blocked Goodman’s car with his vehicle and approached with other officers.

He said he identified himself and cautioned Goodman, who replied, "Man y'all joking. Y'all got the wrong man."

Wright said Goodman was placed under arrest and "after a struggle, he was subdued" and taken to the Cable Beach Police Station.

According to Wright, the Maxima was also towed to the station.

Before beginning his cross-examination, Goodman’s lawyer Geoffrey Farquharson suggested that Wright resembled the “missing child in this case”.

Justice Turner told Farquharson to move on.

Wright said that he had visited the apartment complex to visit ASP Ricardo Taylor, who lived there “at some point”.

Farquharson asked Wright if he had delegated Sergeant 2032 Knowles, an officer from the sexual offenses squad, to collect evidence from the unit.

Wright said he had not.

Similarly, Wright said he was not aware that Sergeant Esther Miller had previously photographed the complex.

Farquharson said his cross-examination had reached an impasse because he needed the witness to refer to photographs that have not been exhibited in evidence.

Farquharson complained that the prosecution was calling witnesses in the wrong sequence.

Garvin Gaskin, the deputy director of public prosecutions; Neil Brathwaite, the assistant director of public prosecutions, and Darell Taylor are the prosecutors.

The case continues today.

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