By Melvin Jackson
MONROVIA: As the ongoing murder trial involving former Chief Justice Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott and others take different twists with the prosecution requesting a fresh autopsy and visitation of the crime scene, there are mounting concerns in the legal arena and even the public as to know if the state could able to prove its case just as three state witnesses brought in to give testimonies are said to have contradicted the indictments brought against accused.
Yesterday, Thursday, September 14, 2023, a team comprising the defense and prosecution lawyers including police officers and representative from the judiciary visited the crime scene where the late Charloe Musu was said to have been murdered at the home of former chief justice Cllr Gloria Musu Scott.
The visit at the crime scene is in response to the bill of information that was granted by criminal Court “A” Judge Roosevelt Willie, to have the defense lawyers conduct their own independent crime scene investigation.
Our judicial reporter said judge Roosevelt Willie of Criminal Court “A” on Wednesday continued hearing in the alleged Murder case involving former Chief Justice Gloria Musu Scott and three others.
During Wednesday hearing State prosecutors produce additional two witnesses to testify in the ongoing trial but were said to have contradicted some aspects outlined in the grand jurors indictment as they could not tell the court and the jurors whether or not they saw the former Chief Justice and the others killing the deceased.
According to our reporter, the second prosecution witness Moses Wright, a security guard of Genesis Security Services assigned at former Chief Justice Scott’s compound on the night of the incident, told the court and jury that he did not enter the house after his colleague Zion broke the windows bar.
The witnesses told the court that the accident occurred at about 9:30 pm contrary to what was placed in the indictments as provided to the grand jurors. But according to count 1 of the indictment, the incident occurred at 10:00 pm and it states ” On the 22nd day of February A.D. 2023, at about 10:00 pm”
Witness Wright still on the stand narrated that after community dwellers entered the fence he saw the late Charloe Musu, but he did not state the condition of the victim now deceased. He maintained Cllr. Scott put Charloe in the car but she never had a driver. He (Wright) explained that among the group he saw a mechanic and told the mechanics to drive the car of his boss(Cllr. Scott) to the hospital. This contradicted the indictment, which stated someone else received the keys to the car from Cllr. Scott to carry the victim to the hospital.
Count 5 of the indictment reads:
“One of the Community members, the person, Amara S Tarwuleh who entered the house told police investigators when he entered the house through one of the back windows, he saw the deceased lying in the bathroom bleeding, and he helped to put her on the back of his friend by the name of OG Prof, who asked Co-defendant Scott for the car keys. He furthered that Co-defendant Scott gave the keys to his friend OG Prof who gave it to one Mulbah. He stated at the time the whole house was locked so he asked Co- defendant Scott for the back door keys and she gave keys to him, that is how he opened the back door and helped carry Charloe Musu (now deceased ), to the car to be taken to the hospital and he returned to the house to continue searching for the unknown man who allegedly stabbed the deceased, but was never found” the indictment stated.
But count 5 of this indictment did not indicate any mechanic carried Charloe to the hospital as prosecution witness Wright claims. When witness Wright was quizzed by the defense on the cross as to whether he knew the mechanic, Wright stated”I don’t know him but seeing him in mechanics clothes I trusted him” the witness told the court.
In his testimony, Wright also indicated, that he knew all the occupants of the former Chief Justice’s home, and the individual in question was unfamiliar to him.
However, the prosecution’s 3rd witness Eric Obumawu, who claimed to be a businessman and neighbor to the defendants, testified and said when he arrived at Cllr. Scott’s home between 9:30 pm based upon screams and cries for help from the compound he (Eric) encountered a locked gate and was initially told the keys were unavailable. He tried to use a ladder to access the compound but the height of the fence prevented him, so he left to carry the ladder back. After his return, the gate was opened.
Obumawu also informed the court and jury that he observed pepper spray.
Witness Zion and witness Moses Wright, a security assigned at the defendant’s home informed the court in their testimony that they didn’t know how the deceased was stabbed because they did not enter the house to see the armed robber alleged by defendant Co -Gertrude Newton.
According to them, they remained at their various posts on the night of the incident and after some time the police arrived at the scene and questioned them about what happened where the Police invited them to give their statement.
Former Chief Justice Gloria Musu-Scott, Gertrude Newton, Rebecca Wisner, and Alice Johnson are standing trial for the alleged crime of Murder, Making False Reports to law enforcement officials, and Criminal Conspiracy.
Hearing in the case continues Friday, September 15, with another witness expected to testify.