By Melvin Jackson
MONROVIA – The Liberia National Police (LNP) on Tuesday January 24, 2023 forwarded to the Monrovia City Court, Defendant Liston Yekeh, age 21 years old for allegedly killing his girlfriend identified as Miss Samelia Darlene Fuller in the Soul Clinic community in Paynesville, Montserrado County.
According to the LNP charge sheet copy of which is in the possession of this paper, it was revealed that defendant Yekeh, on Monday January 2, 2023 victim Samelia D. Fuller along with their friends to include her boyfriend Liston Blessed Yekeh, left their soul clinic community for the new year celebration .
The LNP further disclosed that when defendant Yekeh, and the victim including their friends got to the victim’s parents residence and having spent about 30 minutes, the defendant requested the victim to give his belongings he left at the house.
“Having received his items, in the midst of everyone, defendant Yekeh, took a single barrel shotgun [pistol] which he held in his hand which brought fear to his friends. But decided to open the gun to show his friends that the gun has no shot in it, but in the process the gun fire and hit his girlfriend Samelia D. Fuller who was standing direct opposite him”. the LNP charge stated.
The police investigator further disclosed that after the gun hit the diseased, she fell on the ground and started bleeding from her neck. Seeing her in the situation, those present immediately found a motorbike which took her to the nearby Benson Hospital but was later referred to the John F Kennedy medical hospital where was later pronounced dead on arrival(DOA) by doctors on duty.
The police investigators indicated that during police external examinations, single barrel gun entries and gunpowder residue were observed on the victim’s neck precisely under the chain, adding that no exit wounds were observed.
The LNP findings revealed that defendant Yekeh, had a single barrel gun in his possession that fired and caused the death of Samelia Fuller on the 3 of January 2023.
Defendant Yekeh, after shooting the victim Samelia Fuller, made an effort to rush her for treatment, but was pronounced DOA by doctors at the JFK.
Accordingly, the LNP disclosed that the defendant admitted during the police investigation that he shot the victim but said it was a mistake. At the same time the LNP said that the defendant’s action in shooting the deceased was reckless, but criminal homicide was not established in the death of the late Samelia D. Fuller.
Meanwhile the Liberia National Police following a full scale investigation coupled with the crime scene investigation and evidence adduced as well as eye-witnesses account, charged defendant Yekeh, with the commission of the crime possession and sale of physical objects for lethal use and manslaughter in violations of chapters 14 & 17, sections 14.2 &17.11 of the new penal law of Liberia pending court trial.