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Tuesday 17 October 2017
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Emotional testimony from murder victim’s mom

Tears flowed at the preliminary inquiry into the murder of Cocorite man Reginald Jamal Grant, as the victim's mother Kathy Ann Williams was called to the witness stand yesterday to provide her testimony into the 2014 murder.

Murder accused, Kerwin Butler and Kareem Lewis were also present at yesterday's inquiry. Williams tearfully recalled her last moments seeing her son alive before he was killed outside the family home in Waterhole, Cocorite.

Acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle told Williams to take her time and ensure that she was properly composed for cross examination. Defence attorney Larry Williams left no stone unturned yesterday as he conducted an extensive cross-examination of both Williams and state witness Constable Keston Thomas.

In his closing remarks yesterday, Williams lamented the rescheduling of days for the matter and called the slow pace of proceedings 'unacceptable'.

"How can it be that knowing we had three days set aside for the matter to be heard but we are still discussing when witnesses should be accomodated. It cannot be accepted that we take one witness, this day and one complainant testimony this day. How is it the prosecution is still trying to find witnesses."

Earle-Caddle agreed with Williams' complaints and prosecution attorney, Danielle Thompson explained that she expected one of the witnesses to appear at yesterday's hearing but could not explain her absence.

Williams responded by saying that the constant rescheduling of witness appearances was an inconvenience to him, citing lost time from the failure of prosecution to secure their statements.

"Your worship when I set aside three days for a matter and nothing happens on all three days, the court will then ask me to set aside more time which I have already allocated to other cases."

Butler and Thomas are expected to reappear in court today for the continuation of proceedings.

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