Edward “Alcapone” Green was found guilty of the murder of Damian Dorival by a nine-member jury on Wednesday.
He will be sentenced on September 6.
The jury deliberated for about three hours before reaching a verdict which was described by lead prosecutor, Trinidadian Keith Scotland, as “true…in keeping with the evidence.”
“The prosecution feels that the jury took the evidence that was laid before it and we think that in calling our 29 witnesses that, respectfully, we discharge our burden as prosecutors,” he told reporters.
He had praise for the police who he said did a “thorough investigation” in the matter although the scientific evidence which was examined in Barbados was, according to him, lost and compromised. “So if the police didn’t do such a thorough investigation in the first place, we would have been severely handicapped,” he pointed out. “We used what we had and I think we optimized it.”
He said the truthfulness of the witnesses was probably the strongest aspect of the case and said the prosecution will not be seeking the death penalty.
Meanwhile one of Green’s attorneys, Darius Jones, said the defense is not going to challenge the jury’s decision ‘at this point.’ “We will be taking instructions from our client and decide the way forward,” he stated.
Another of Green’s attorneys, Peter Alleyne, described the entire matter as a ‘tragedy.’ “There are not victors here,” he remarked.
He said although many Dominicans have been describing the crime as the worst killing or massacre on the island, this is not the case. “…We tend to forget the 1963 carnival fire where are number of persons were burnt to death and a number of persons still remain with the scars,” he noted. “That case was never brought to the court, there will be no records in the courts where there is an acquittal of anybody or anybody was convicted for it …I would consider those crimes the most heinous crimes committed.”
Alleyne said he will give a full statement on the case itself after sentencing.
Dorival was murdered in 2008.
According to court reports, he was shot and beheaded.
His body was found on Elmshall Road while his head was found in the Palm Grove River.