A late afternoon determination by a 12-member jury at the High Court saw Delon Henry also called “Nasty Man” being unanimously found guilty of the September 29, 2015 murder of footballer Dexter Griffith who was shot six times at Warlock, near his mother’s East Ruimveldt, Georgetown home.
The verdict was returned following more than five hours of deliberations and it was not without moments of tension when the jury was deadlocked earlier in the day.
All the while, Henry’s attorney Adrian Thompson was not in court as he was said to be out of the jurisdiction. Attorney John Lidner stood in for Thompson during the judge’s summing of the case.
After the verdict, he requested a probation report to be prepared and presented. As such, the matter was adjourned to July 5, 2018 for sentencing.
However, Henry was given the option to speak and in a 10-minute speech, he reiterated that he didn’t know anything about Warlock.
“Nasty Man” explained that he was incarcerated between the ages of 14 and 23 and highlighted that it would be impossible for him to shoot Griffith after just being released from jail. He added that he was accused of a robbery charge but noted that there was no ballistics test and evidence was missing.
“Keshawn Griffith never know me from anywhere. I did not know town . I gan go and kill a man in all over white? The system set so; I got find guilty by the system. Thanks everyone, thank you very much,” Henry expressed.
According to information received, Griffith on the day in question, at about 19:30hrs, was sitting on a chair at Genip Lane, East Ruimveldt when the accused walked towards him and fired several shots in his direction, fatally injuring him in the process.
After being shot, Griffith reportedly managed to stand up and walk a short distance away in an attempt to escape but eventually fell unconscious to the ground, while his assailant escaped.
Public spirited persons near the scene of the crime eventually took him to a city hospital where he was later pronounced dead on arrival.