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Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, July 16, 2024


The first-degree murder trial of Anthony "Hamster" Warner opened in Territorial Court Wednesday morning as government and defense attorneys outlined the case, in which Warner is alleged to have fatally shot Carl "Bugsy" Johnson near Building 11 of the Paul M. Pearson Gardens housing community in May 1998.
In opening arguments, Assistant Attorney General Lofton Holder told the seven-man, five-woman jury that the government's case against Warner will feature testimony by 17 witnesses who will bolster the contention that Warner shot Johnson after an argument.
But defense attorney Treston Moore said Warner had known Johnson for years as "a bad guy and had had issues with him for some time." Moore suggested to the jury that when all testimony is received, it will be clear that his client acted in self-defense when he shot Johnson two years ago.
Government prosecutors have alleged that Warner robbed Myron "Baby" Leycock in an earlier incident, which led to a three-way shootout at the housing community in which Johnson was killed .
The trial is expected to last at least three days and is being presided over by Judge Ishmael A. Meyers.

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