State witness in Collymore murder trial refutes taking plea deal to lessen sentence

By Racquel Porter    
Convicted murderer Wade Blackwood on Thursday morning refuted a suggestion by Omar Collymore's attorney that he turned state witness to save himself.
Mr. Collymore, Dwayne Pink, Michael Adams, and Shaquille Edwards are on trial for the January 2, 2018 murder of Collymore's wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore.
Mr. Collymore's attorney, Diane Jobson, during cross-examination Thursday morning in the Home Circuit Court, asked Blackwood if it was the police who told him that he would get a reduction in his sentence.
Refuting the suggestion, Blackwood said the police asked him earlier this month if he was going to help the court. But he explained to the attorney that it had always been his plan to assist the police.
Ms. Jobson pressed further, asking when was it he learned that becoming a state witness would lead to a reduction in his sentence.
The witness said he learnt about the reduction after attending court.
After pleading guilty to the murders of Mrs. Campbell-Collymore and her taxi driver Wayne Walters, the convict was handed two life sentences with the possibility of parole after 35 years.
But the court was told Wednesday that 15 years had been shaved off as a result of a plea deal, meaning he will now be eligible for parole after serving 20 years.
Cross examination of the witness is still underway in the Home Circuit Court.

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