Earlsfield “Earlfred” James’s murder trial was short lived as, on the second day, the Upper Fort Road man decided to plead guilty to manslaughter by way of provocation.

On Tuesday, James and his co-accused Clarence Thomas, began hearing testimonies on the 2018 murder of 31-year-old Kemmoy Jeffers of Upper Fort Road.

According to police, Jeffers’ body was discovered lying on the ground near a house on Fort Road in only a pair of grey shorts at around 11pm on April 27, 2018.

Witnesses to the scene, at trial, gave evidence to the effect that they saw James beat a man saying “a de wrong house he come inna”.

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) also provided evidence saying that he arrived on the scene of the crime to an unresponsive man bound with a rope around his neck and left leg.

On Wednesday, the murder-accused Dominican national capitulated on his defence and decided to admit to the lesser crime of manslaughter before Justice Stanley John.

His co-accused, Thomas, will therefore continue to stand trial on his own while James awaits sentencing on February 26.