More witnesses in manslaughter trial

Attorney at law Michael Bruney was one of five witnesses who testified in the manslaughter trial against Portsmouth resident Stebin Valentine.

Bruney appeared on behalf of the pathologist who conducted the autopsy on Charlesworth Christopher Jr.

Christopher was allegedly killed in an incident which took place in 2009 at Portsmouth

According to the pathologist Dr. Garcia one of the causes of death of the patient was severe brain damage as a result of a bullet wound inflicted at a close range. The doctor also mentioned that she noticed a wound above the dead man’s right eye.

Two other witnesses who claimed to be on the scene at the time of the incident took to the witness stand. Randy Phillip and Khadijah Peter of Portsmouth sobbed uncontrollably in court as they recalled the events of that night.

Phillip told the court that he had met with the deceased after returning from a party. Peter on the other hand stated that she was with the deceased outside of his home talking with him and some other friends.  Both parties became emotional while explaining to the court that they heard a loud explosion that sounded like a fire cracker and within seconds they saw Christopher lying on the ground in his own blood.

In cross examination both parties denied that Valentine and Christopher were good friends.

Three  more witnesses will take the stand Wednesday morning.

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9 Comments

  1. rraj
    July 4, 2012

    its sad for both sides but i will like to know how can one show someone a gun and point it to one head and even letting go shots

  2. lee
    July 4, 2012

    Accident or not he took a life he should face the
    consequences. Sorry he does’nt know about gun he should not have one.

  3. poe-ki-toe
    July 4, 2012

    Stebin and Jr were NOT good friends. They knew each other in passing, having both been raised in the same area in Lagoon. IT’s a shame that our justice system it was perverted. Accident or not…….a young man only 22 years old lost his life, he can never have children, or take his little twin brothers to school, or hug his mom when she’s crying……….Stebin must pay!!

    • l miss him
      July 4, 2012

      I don’t know where people get their news about jr and stebin were best friends…stupes. All of a sudden then. his best friends were jobe and wayne. I couldn’t agree with u more, stebin has to pay. Is so then to just kill and get away with it..Jr did nothing to him.

  4. PUSS
    July 4, 2012

    Now those witnesses sound more like it

    • hmmmm
      July 4, 2012

      so if they were not good friends, why would stebin come and show him the gun? wouldnt he show it to somebody that was his good friend? something tells me that the witnesses has something against stebin and wants him to go to jail…since they are saying Jr and stebin were’nt good griends it would mean that he could deliberatley shoot Jr. stebin on the other hand should not have this gun cause it was illegal…only God knows what happened that night

      • PUSS
        July 4, 2012

        How can it be only God and there were several witnesses. And living in the same community, growing up in the same place around these same witnesses all their lives i think people can more than differentiate between friends & enemies.

        Either way Stebin is a known trouble maker and he deserve to rot in hell but jail will do for now.

      • riteaid
        July 4, 2012

        but PUSS…u not easy eh….u hve too much emotions papa. i know stebin for a long time n i hve never known him to be a ttrouble maker. yes everybody have a good n bad side.. maybe juniro was a trouble makere too… remember not every where junior went u were there eh puss

      • l miss him
        July 5, 2012

        @ rite aid….and were u everywhere where stebin went? somebody who is carrying an illegal gun damn well has intentions of using it. So contrary to your statement that sounds like a trouble maker to me.

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