State prosecutor, Keith Scotland, has urged the nine-member jury in the Edward “Alcapone” Green trial to apply their common sense when trying to reach a verdict in the case.
In his hour long closing address to the jury on Tuesday morning, Scotland said they should not allow small issues like minor time discrepancies to cloud their judgement.
According to him, the onus was on the prosecution to prove the guilt of the accused and they have done so by bringing forward 29 witnesses including Green’s two sons Dione and David Green, to testify.
“Green is the common denominator,” Scotland pointed out. “He told the witnesses he was going to kill Dorival and how. Don’t believe any side show.”
He noted that the case was divided into 3 stages; the talking stage where Green told witnesses that he was going to murder Dorival, the execution stage, and the stage where he disposed of the body.
Scotland encouraged the jurors to forgive David Green, who according to him, was forced to be an accomplice in the murder.
The younger Green had testified in court that his father had called him and asked him to assist him in dragging Dorival’s body to a jeep. Green also told the court that his father told him that same night, “I shot Damien Dorival and he did not see it coming.”
Scotland urged the jurors to see beyond Alcapone’s “pretend” image of being a poor, feeble old man.
In closing, he told the jury to return a true verdict according to the evidence brought before them.
However, defense lawyer Darius Jones did not take the prosecution’s arguments lightly. Jones told the jurors to avoid being flustered by Scotland’s attractive words and flamboyant display and focus on the evidence.
According to him one of the sons of the accused namely, Dione Green, wanted to bring across the impression that he had a nice relationship with his father. Jones indicated that Dione’s testimony can be questioned since it sounded like “a movie script” and he seemed rehearsed.
Jones also highlighted David Green’s reason for testifying against his father. According to him Green stood up in court and stated, “I have one good reason, I not going down with mister.” Green also admitted to handling Dorival’s dead body, according to court testimony.
Presiding judge, Justice Bernie Stephenson, is expected to address the jury on Wednesday.
Edward Green is currently on trial for the 2008 murder of Damien Dorival.
Dorival’s headless body was found on Elmshall Road. His head was later discovered in the Palm Grove River.