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HIV claim in murder confession statement

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: Oct 03, 2013

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A man killed his friend because he introduced him to a girl who had the virus that causes AIDS, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.

Stephan Russell is on trial for the shooting death of Tomal Stubbs on November 19, 2011.

Corporal Sonny Miller, the officer who interviewed Russell on December 8, said that he appeared remorseful for what he had done.

Miller said Russell waived his right to an attorney.

According to Miller, Russell told him that Stubbs introduced him to a girl called Samantha, who was his cousin. He said Stubbs told him the girl took care of men.

Russell said he drank Hennessey with Stubbs and the girl at an apartment and she showed him a slip of paper that showed she was HIV positive.

Russell said he made love to the woman the following morning when she invited him to bathe with her.

Russell said he did not mean to kill Stubbs but he wanted to “hurt him for causing me to get AIDS”.

Miller said he placed a tape in the video recorder to record the confession. He said the power went off during the interview and it took several minutes before the generator kicked in.

Miller said when he checked the tape it was blank. He denied allegations by Russell’s lawyer, Keith Seymour, that he beat up his client.

The case continues before Justice Indra Charles today.

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