The verdict is in. Businessman Patrick Powell was not found guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais.
The writing was on the wall that he would walk free after the taxi man involved in the incident did a 360 degree and completely changed his story, that he did not know who fired the shot.
The prosecution rested its case Monday morning in the Home Circuit Court.
Jurors were instructed to return a not guilty verdict after the prosecution said it had no further evidence to offer on the matter.
The case, as explained by lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor to the court was presented on the basis of credibility and identity.
He said it had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Powell was at the scene of the incident. He said only one person could do that and that was taxi driver Wayne Wright.
After the taxi driver changed his statement they had no grounds on which to proceed.
Powell was accused of opening fire on a taxi in which the teenager was a passenger on July 1, 2011. Khajeel died after being shot in the head and back.
The driver of the taxi testified that he did not see the shooter. He denied giving a statement to the police identifying Mr. Powell as the man who fired on his vehicle along Highland Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew.