More Corruption Exposed in Mario Miller Murder Trial
A key prosecution witness in the Mario Miller murder trial failed to appear in court yesterday, resulting in yet another early adjournment. Prosecutors yesterday were trying to locate Daryl Bartlett, who was called to testify at the trial, which is into its third week.
Bartlett's absence resulted in the prosecution seeking to have the trial adjourned to today. Donald Rolle was the only prosecution witness to take the stand yesterday. Rolle, a self employed auto mechanic, told the court that around 4.30pm on June 22 - the day prosecutors say 28-year-old Mario Miller was murdered - he was approached by a man who inquired about the sale of his 1995 Nissan Maxima.
Mr Rolle said that he and the man talked for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Mr. Rolle identified murder accused Ryan Miller in court as the man who had approached him about purchasing his car.
According to Mr Rolle, Ryan Miller asked him if he would take cocaine for the car. Mr Rolle said that he told Ryan Miller, "I don't work like that."
The witness told the court that Ryan Miller then inquired about the sale price.
Mr. Rolle said that he told Miller that he would sell the car for between $13,000 and $14,000. Mr Rolle said that he and Miller then exchanged contact information.
Mr Rolle told the court that he saw Ryan Miller, again around mid-day on Monday, June 24, 2002.
Mr Rolle told the court that Miller, pulled up to his auto body shop in a black Nissan Sentra along with a man who he identified in court yesterday as Ricardo Miller.
Mr Rolle testified that he and Ryan Miller went to his office where Miller pulled $12,500 out of his pockets.
Mr Rolle told the court that he did not sign a bill of sale at that time because he had some repairs to make to the vehicle.
According to Mr Rolle, the car was to be turned over in the name of Tamar Lee, the alias of Ricardo Miller, however he never saw the brothers again.
Brothers Ryan Miller and Ricardo Miller, alias Tamar Lee, are accused of Mario Miller's murder.
Miller, then 28, was killed on June 22, 2002. His body was found in bushes near the Super Value Food Store in Winton.
Lawyer Romona Farquharson represents Ryan Miller. Ricardo Miller is represented by Romauld Ferreira.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl Grant Bethel, with Neil Brathwaite and Sean Adderley of the Attorney General's Office, are appearing for the Crown.
Last Wednesday the trial was adjourned early after one witness took the stand.
By NATARIO McKENZIE