Abandoning a written speech he had prepared to deliver to the No. 2 Supreme Court Thursday, manslayer Jerrick Samuel Jerri Tudor tried to speak from the heart as he apologized for stabbing to death the mother of his child.
Krystal Lovell was killed almost three years ago. Tudor, of Black Rock, St Michael, pleaded not guilty to her murder but guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in May this year.
“I would like to apologize to the Lovell family, to this court . . . to everyone I may have brought shame in their lives. I just want to apologize to everyone. I am a bit lost for words, I don’t really know how to express myself,” he told the court presided over by Justice Michelle Weekes.
Lovell, 22, died in the yard of her Highland, St Thomas home on December 1, 2013, after being stabbed several times by Tudor.
The incident occurred after he had heard her telling another man, on the phone, that she was not yet ready to reconcile fully with Tudor, nor did she care whether he was “vex or not”.
When he first began addressing the court, Tudor told the court that Thursday was a “pinnacle factor in my life due to a most unfortunate event. To say I am not sad will be an understatement.”
“Death played a part in this situation but what really happened may never unfold as everything is still not clear. Krystal is not here with us in person, but here in spirit . . .”
Tudor’s attorney Verla Depeiza, in her closing arguments, pleaded for “the highest degree of mercy on his behalf” and recommended “some sentence less than 10 years” for her client.
Depeiza referred to the pre-sentencing report which showed that Tudor had a tough life growing up with his mother, who “refused to invest in his education” and had removed him from school at an early age and “put him in an adult situation, in a shop to sell drink . . . and to drink”.
“In a situation where . . . his own foundation was so weak, resting the building blocks of a collapsing relationship on top of that was [too much]. He is deserving of a break in life and I am recommending him to your mercy in your sentence,” the defence attorney said.
In his submission, Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas recommended that a 12-year prison term should apply as a starting point in Tudor’s case.
He said the man’s early guilty plea and his time spent on remand should also be taken into consideration.
Justice Weekes then adjourned the matter with no set date for sentencing.