The month-long trial of a Private Security Guard accused of killing his boss lady, and then dragging her body to the kitchen came to an end on Monday, June 23, when jurors convicted the defendant of murder.
After deliberating for nearly two hours, the jury found Jefferson Dahn, 16, guilty of the murder of Antoinette Nettie Petersons.
The jury’s unanimous guilty verdict was received with happiness by the victim’s family members that crowded the courtroom.
Dahn showed no emotion as the verdict was read. He did not react to the victim’s family’s outburst.
His mother, who testified that her son is innocent, stood behind him every day of the trial and throughout deliberations, quietly wept when the verdict was announced.
Some relatives of the victim also cried when the verdict was read. All declined to speak to reporters outside the courthouse.
Nettie was stabbed dead in the bedroom of her Ugandan UNMIL Civilian staff, Bonfrer Adidee, early January 2013, at his 12th Street Sinkor residence.
When Dahn took the stand, in May 2014, he denied the allegation, claiming that Adidee was the killer.
He further alleged that following the incident, Adidee promised to offer him US$600, two phones, and a laptop, if he were to agree to secretly remove the victim’s body from the house.
Bonfrer, however, took the stand and denied Dahn’s allegation, after he was summoned by the court to appear and testify in the case.
A sentencing date has not been set. It might be scheduled for this week.
Dahn faces between 25 year to and life in prison for the murder conviction.
His defense attorneys said they would appeal the conviction.
He was later remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison, while awaiting his sentence.
It could not be determined, on Monday, if Dahn would serve his prison term at the Central Prison, where he was held during the trial.