The fate of an accused murderer to be decided today

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Accused murderer George Thomas will know some time today whether a jury believes he is guilty or not guilty of murdering Clinton Mannix, who was gunned down eight-and-a-half years ago.
He’s the lone man standing on trial after the other two co-accused, Joel Seraphine and Andre Nibbs, pleaded guilty to murder and manslaughter respectively.
Seraphine threw in the towel last week as the trial against him and Thomas progressed, and the jury heard evidence about who was there, who had guns and why Mannix was killed.
Four years ago, Nibbs pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to seven years, and the time he spent on remand was counted as part of the sentence. He has been out of prison for some time now.
The evidence before the court is that between November 5 and 6, 2009, the men took Mannix to a building in St. John’s where they questioned him about a cocaine deal that went wrong.
It was said that Nibbs was told to bring guns, and he left the scene and returned with them. After Mannix’s hands were bound, he was taken to an isolated area in Yeptons.
While there, Nibbs was told to shoot Mannix. When he declined, the weapon was taken from him and used to execute Mannix, a 37-year-old friend of Nibbs.
Mannix’s bullet-riddled body was found on Dove Trail, just outside Yepton’s Beach on the morning of November 6, 2009.
The director of Public Prosecution Anthony Armstrong and Crown Counsel Shannon Jones-Gittens presented the case before Justice Keith Thom who will summarise the evidence for the jury today.

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