It was Jerrick Samuel ‘Jerri’ Tudor’s hurt and jealousy which caused him to stab the mother of his child to death almost three years ago.
This afternoon, the barber from Black Rock, St. Michael pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter, before Justice Michelle Weekes in the No. 2 Supreme Court.
Krystal Lovell died in her yard after being stabbed several times by Tudor, after he heard her on her cell phone telling another man that she was not yet ready to reconcile fully with Tudor, nor did she care whether he was “vex or not”.
Lovell was 22 years old when she was killed at her Highland, St. Thomas home on December 1, 2013.
Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale recounted how the couple, who had been together for seven years, had lived together previously but had agreed to part ways. Their daughter spent time between the two homes.
On one occasion, Tudor went to the home they formerly shared, snatched Lovell’s cell phone and left with it. After searching the device, he realized that she had been in communication often with another male. When he questioned her about it, Lovell admitted that she was seeing the other man.
Tudor then took issue with the fact that she had found someone so quickly after their break-up two weeks prior. He had nonetheless asked her to meet him to discuss getting back together and so he could hand over the phone. They met, talked and agreed to try again.
Tudor also asked her to end the relationship with the other man and she agreed to do so. However, when he questioned her about it subsequently, Lovell said she would do it in her time.
Tudor called the other man and they exchanged words.
On the night in question, Tudor again went to the house at Highland unannounced and heard Lovell speaking to someone on her cellular phone. He dialled the man’s number and hung up the phone. When he heard Lovell ask someone if “he really call you in truth”, he realized she was speaking to the same man.
It was when Tudor heard her say subsequently that she was not ready to fully commit to him, nor did she care if he “was vex or not” that Tudor rushed inside the house and stabbed Lovell several times with a knife he had in his bag.
She ran outside and called out for her father who responded and fought with Tudor while his daughter fell to the ground. Lovell’s brother, who also rushed to her rescue, assisted in tying Tudor. They took him beside the road and beat him, Tudor told police.
He also told the investigator that he felt Lovell was “playing with my emotions”.
The matter will come up again on July 1.