Two witnesses in the ongoing murder trial of EPS officer Patrick Kollie on Monday took to the witness stand to testify for government lawyers, saying they saw officer Kollie shooting a group of people at the Police Academy.
The first witness, Matu Gray however contradicted herself when a juror asked her, stating that she heard the gun sound and did not know who did the shooting.
Prior to the government indictment, witness Gray told the Magisterial Court that the EPS officer was tailing a group of men and fired, when they came from Jessie Bar on their way to Duport Road junction, with four on the bike including the victim Valentine Johnson who was shot, resulting to his death.
The second witness Paul Leaye said on July 4, 2022, they came from an entertainment center passing through 72nd and then Police Academy junction, where he saw a white vehicle parked at the junction.
Paul said, he saw the vehicle open and heard people shouting that Patrick had a weapon, which prompted him to drive his bike carrying four of them, but later slowed down and heard that victim Valentine who sat at the back of the bike got shot.
Defendant Patrick Kollie an EPS officer who is on trial for murder according to RC! Judicial Correspondent has since responded to government lawyers’ indictment with a not guilty plea.
Our Judicial Correspondent further said his pleas have shifted the burden on government lawyers to prove murder against him, as provided by Chapter 25, Section 25.5 of the criminal procedure law of Liberia.
Meanwhile, the case is expected to resume Friday at Criminal Court ‘A” with jury trial questions.