DPP says there is conflicting evidence in shooting death of Rasheed Elijio

DPPDirector of Public Prosecution (DPP) Cheryl-Lynn Vidal has told PLUS News that while a ballistic report provided by the Police Department indicates what weapon fired the shot that killed 18 year old Rasheed Elijio in May, there is “conflicting evidence as to who may have been in possession of the actual firearm at the time when the fatal shot was fired.”  She added that there are “concerns over the way in which the investigation is being handled and concerns over what has been said by the police officers as to what transpired.” The DPP was responding to our queries vlcsnap-2013-07-16-18h47m56s148about a story run by our colleagues at KREM News on Sunday in which Officer Commanding the Southern Police Region,  Senior Superintendent Robert Mariano, indicated that the file with the report has been sent to the DPP and he awaited her directive in the case. She told us that while the report was “of tremendous use” by itself it is not enough for a charge to be laid. She noted that she was not at liberty to speak with specifics about the case.  Additionally, the Director refuted “grossly misinterpreted” statements in a newspaper article last weekend which suggested that she was “at odds” with the Police. She says, “That is absolutely vlcsnap-2013-07-16-18h48m25s176untrue and at no time did I say so in my message. I merely said that given the position of the Commissioner, in relation to his intolerance for police misconduct – misconduct that we are often exposed to – that I had decided to forward three files for his direct attention. It is impossible for my Office to function without the Police and I have tried to maintain a productive and professional relationship with the Department despite the many challenges.” The file along with those of Kevin “Boco T” Kelly killed in 2012 and Ryan Lozano killed a month before Elijio remain with the Commissioner, who has declined public comment.

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