Features — 03 December 2013 — by Rochelle Gillett – Flowers
Deon Bruce back in court today – Chief Magistrate to give her decision on January 8, 2014

Bruce is wanted by the US on charges of murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery and firearm possession

This morning, Deon Bruce, 28, along with his attorney Godfrey Smith, returned to court, where submissions were made by both Smith and Magali Perdomo, who represented the Attorney General’s office.

Bruce is wanted by the US on charges of murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery and firearm possession for an incident which allegedly occurred on July 20, 2010.

At 4:35 p.m. on July 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois, Aaron Carter and Bryan Rogers got into an argument with Bruce, after which Rogers and or Carter threw a bottle at Bruce’s blue Volvo car.

After the bottle was thrown, Bruce allegedly stopped his car, went to the back of it, and pulled out a firearm. Bruce then allegedly used that firearm and fired several shots at the men, hitting both men, and injuring Carter fatally.

Smith’s contention was with the evidence furnished by the only witness, who provided the police with a description of the alleged shooter, then picked out Bruce from a photo identification lineup. Then there is also the statement from the police officer who verified the photo identification of the witness and whose statement said that the witness chose a picture of Bruce, who was going by an alias.

Smith noted that the description given by the witness was of a man who was 5’6″ tall, and weighed120 pounds. But when the police officer gave the description of Bruce, the person who was picked out of the photo ID lineup, he was described as being 5’10″, and weighing 170 pounds.

Smith then asked the court to consider the evidence, that if it were taken to the highest level of legal proceedings, a jury, properly directed, could not convict Bruce.

Perdomo then made her submissions, and after hearing both, the Chief Magistrate informed both Smith and Perdomo that she will give her decision on January 8, 2014.

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