Witness admits lying
THE?CORONER’S INQUEST into the death of police shooting victim Jamar Maynard got under way yesterday at the Coroner’s Court with the main witness testifying that he had lied in his written statement to police.
Carmi Williams, who was Maynard’s best friend, admitted to Coroner Manila Renee that the statement he gave police within hours of the shooting denying that he knew Maynard was incorrect. Instead, he said the statement that he gave attorney-at-law David Comissiong, who is representing the family, was a true statement.
Williams, 21, of Waterford, St Michael, was walking along Literary Row, The City with Maynard on April 4, 2012, when they were involved in a confrontation with the police. Maynard, who was 27 years old, died after being shot by police.
Williams gave the police a statement on that day denying that he knew Maynard and that they were together.
In that statementhe signed and which was read out to him, Williams said he left his mother’s house at Mason Hall Street, The City, and was heading to the Cheapside Terminal when he noticed a man walking behind him.