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Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00

Kirk SmithOn Friday, May 3rd, the murder trial of 21-year-old Kirk Smith, Jr. came to an abrupt end at the Supreme Court.

Smith, who was accused of the August 25th, 2010 murder of well-known Wesley College employee, Eyan Arnold aka “Trouble” came to a sudden halt in the courtroom of Justice Adolph Lucas just hours after the trial had commenced. The case was halted after two jurors, one of them, the foreman in the case told the court that they knew the father of the accused. The jurors told the court that because they knew the father of the accused, it would affect their judgment in the case.

Upon hearing that Judge Lucas dismissed the 12 member jury and informed the accused that he would have to traverse his case to the next sitting of the Supreme Court so that the same panel of jurors are not selected again.

The prosecutor in the case had already called 2 witnesses, they included a main witness, Antonio Pop, and the deceased's common-law wife, Carolyn Castillo who had identified the body to the police prior to the post-mortem examination.

Eyan Arnold, who was also known to many as “Trouble,” was gunned down on Berkley Street on Sunday morning, August 15th, 2010, just a stone's throw away from his home. He was shot multiple times to the body. Police had retrieved 9 expended shells from the scene.

In the murder trial, Smith was represented by Bryan Neal.

Smith remains on remand until his case is called back up at the next sitting of the Supreme Court.