Yan Edwards [left] and Allen Baptiste
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The gunning down of Keri 'Hank' Harrigan outside the Long Look Clinic on the night of March 16, 2011 was a cold, calculated and premeditated act by Yan Edwards and Allen Baptiste, jurors were told. Edwards and Baptiste are on trial for the murder of Harrigan.
At the opening of the trial this morning, February 20, Senior Crown Counsel Valston Graham told the jury that though only one person pulled the fatal trigger, in law there is something called joint enterprise and it doesn't matter who pulled the trigger, but if they acted together they are both liable for the end result.
"It is our case that on March 16, 2011, Keri Harrigan was shot at the back of his head and died at the scene of the shooting...It is our case that it was a cold, calculated and premeditated execution. We say the time to select the choice of weapon; they went in search of him [Harrigan], having located him, executed him," Graham told the jury this morning.
Baptiste is represented by Attorney-at-law Patrick Thompson and Edwards by Stephen Daniels, while Senior Crown Counsel Christlyn Benjamin is also appearing for the crown. Justice Albert is presiding over the trial.
Graham who gave a brief overview of the crown´s case said on March 15, 2011 Vaughn Cameron was at the East End fire station where Edwards worked at the time. He said they were in a conversation and Edwards indicated to him [Cameron] that Harrigan was up and down with his name, plotting to kill him, and that he will have to deal with Harrigan.
At the time, Edwards allegedly sent Cameron to pick up his [Edwards] children at school. Upon his return, Cameron met Baptiste at the fire station with Edwards where Edwards allegedly stated that he will have to let Baptiste deal with Harrigan. Cameron will be testifying for the prosecution during the trial.
Graham said another witness Henito Penn will also testify that he was called to meet with Edwards and Baptiste at a residence in East End. At that dwelling, the men opened a DHL package where three firearms among other things were enclosed. Graham stated that a baby stroller and a beach chair were also in the package.
Penn is to testify that while unpacking Edwards took possession of the 45 firearm and upon examining it declared that was the weapon to deal with Harrigan.
Meanwhile, speaking to the night of the murder, Graham said moments before Harrigan was shot, Cameron said Edwards telephoned him and asked him if he say the girl referring to Harrigan, but Cameron said no, and the call cut off.
Cameron is to also testify that when he called back Edwards´ phone Baptiste answered and stated, "we see the girl, when you hear the gunshots ring out stay put."
Cameron is claiming that shortly after that he heard gunshot and saw Harrigan lying on the ground.
Graham said Harrigan was seated in the company of two other men, and one of the men got up to leave. He said at the time Harrigan had with him a dog and before the guy leave the area he pat down the dog and at that time, a masked person came from behind Harrigan aimed the gun and shot him.
Graham said during the trial the jury will hear that the spent shells recovered from the scene were from a 45 firearm.
He also told the jurors that they must pay keen attention to the description of the mask worn by the killer. Graham said Cameron will testify that Edwards had stated that he had the ideal mask and described that mask.
The trial continues.