L-R: Accused Michael Jack and the deceased, Tishawn Henley.
Tishawn Henley's fatal stab wound was six and a half inches and inflicted with a knife that was about some six inches in length and one and a quarter inches in width. This is according to Dr. Bruce Hyma, Forensic Pathologist out of Miami, Florida.
Dr. Hyma testified today, July 17 as the murder trial against Henley's brother, Michael Jack continues.
The Pathologist stated that it was not possible for Henley to receive a stab wound of that depth by simply walking, falling or running into the knife. He said slicing took place and it was a direct stab wound to the heart.
"...It was inflicted by another person...That was not possible [running into the knife]...This wound is as a result of a stabbing action, slicing action. This is a stab wound inflicted by another person, not by someone running into a knife...One would have to be running sideways and arm forward or arms behind you...And this is a direct stab wound to the heart...This wound is from an assault," the doctor stated.
He further stated that with the stab wound, Henley would have died within "fraction of minutes".
"This is a direct penetration to the pumping chamber of the heart...Clearly this man bled to death as a result of this wound..."
Dr. Hyma said the slicing could have occurred when the knife entered or was being removed, leaving permanent defects in organs of the body.
The Forensic Pathologist said Henley weighed about 240 pounds and was about 6 feet. He said the deceased had a stab wound to the left side of his chest.
"The stab wound was outside of the nipple of the left breast. Horizontal on the body...There was an abrasion on the back of the left wrist, which was about a half inch...Injury [wrist] caused by the body scraping against a rough surface or a surface scraping against the body. No other injuries were observed."
He also stated that from blood samples taken from Henley, no alcohol or drugs were found in his system.
Meanwhile, under cross examination, lawyer Stephen Daniels asked the doctor, "If the deceased is about to attack someone, who would have taken out a knife out of their pocket impulsively and whilst he is attacking, is it possible that he would get that wound. Both of them are connecting to each other."
In response, the doctor said that if his hands were in an attacking position, "Yes it is possible...Where the knife could thrust in the side of his chest."
Daniels further asked if such a wound could have been as a result. "If the deceased, 240 pounds, close to someone in an attacking mode, rushing into the other person impulsively, the person takes out a knife, both clashed."
However, Dr. Hyma disagreed with this and stated that this would have to result in a deliberate thrust by the assailant. He said if this had happened, Henley could have gotten cut, or slashed. "This is a direct stab right into the left side of the chest, not just them clashing."
The trial continues.
Earlier Article [July 17] Jack's Story: Says Brother Ran Into Knife While Rushing Him; He Had A Nasty Temper
For the first time jurors sitting on the murder trial of Michael Jack heard his account of the afternoon he allegedly stabbed his brother, Tishawn Henley. It also came out in court that Jack suffered bruises under his eye during the scuffle.
Henley was allegedly stabbed with a knife by Jack at their mother's George's North Side home on November 6, 2012. However, during a police interview the following day, Jack told officers that his brother attacked him first and while Henley was rushing him, he [Henley] ran into the knife.
Jack also related that he wielded the knife only to scare his brother.
Detective Sergeant Vernon Larocque and Detective Jason Harford conducted the interview with Jack at the police station. Lawyer for Jack, Stephen Daniels was also present during the interview.
Larocque read out the text of the interview at yesterday's [July 16] court sitting.
Jack started out by stating that the whole situation stated on Thursday, November 1, 2012 when his child's mother, Haddassah Ward locked her key in her vehicle.
He said on Saturday and Sunday he attempted to unlock the vehicle to retrieve the key, but he was unsuccessful. He said he had walked with his own tools at the George's North Side property. Ward resided at the residence.
Jack said on Tuesday, November 6, he hired a gentleman to unlock the vehicle around 2:30/2:45 pm.
The accused told officers that the individual got the key removed and contacted him to collect it, which he did. Jack said the gentleman was unaware that Ward was at home at the time.
Jack said he went to the George's North Side home to hand over the keys to Ward. He said during this time, Henley, who lived upstairs with his [Jack] brother, came out on the porch and accused him of taking his antenna from his jeep. He said Henley also accused him of trying to open his vehicle over the weekend.
The accused told officers that despite Henley's continued accusations, he ignored him and went about his business, which was to get the key to Ward and remove items from the vehicle.
However he said, "Upon exiting the house, Mr. Henley had already made his way downstairs into the yard in which my vehicle that I was driving at the time was parked. Mr. Henley then stated that you are not going anywhere, I want my antenna for my vehicle. So we proceeded in a discussion."
Jack said Henley followed him around for a little bit in the yard and as he was ready to leave, he insisted to his brother that he did not have his antenna.
"Upon me reaching for the handle of the vehicle, Mr. Henley attacked me, causing the bruises under my eye and no other physical damage. At that time I reached into my pocket where I had a knife..."
He added, "I took the knife out and while he rushed me, he ran into the knife. After he ran into the knife he basically sprinted away down the hill, around the corner holding his...I wouldn't say stomach; abdominal area."
Pictures were tendered in court of the stab wound received by Henley and the bruises sustained by Jack.
Jack explained that prior to Henley rushing him, Henley was hurling expletives towards him.
Henley allegedly said, "You always playing me for a punk...I tired, I tired, dumb [expletives]".
Jack said, "Things in that kind of manner. I wasn't really paying him any mind. I was just trying to leave."
Jack claimed his brother had already braced him against the fender of the Grand Vitara which he [Jack] drove to the residence. "That's basically where everything took place by the front wheel by the fender."
The accused spoke more on how his brother allegedly ran into the knife and stated that the knife was inside his pocket with the blade upwards.
"And the way how it happened...My one hand...My phone was also in my pocket so when he hit me the phone fell out and when I put my hand in my pocket the knife was there and I pulled it out."
He added, "...I didn't take out the knife and be like yeah I going you know. The knife was there in my pocket when he attacked me and then I reached in and take it out and then he ran into the knife."
During the interview, Detective Sergeant Larocque asked Jack what were his intentions when he took the knife from his pocket.
"Basically to scare him; to tell him leave me alone," Jack said. However, the officer further asked him, "You know now that he's dead right?"
The accused said, "Yes...regardless, whether we didn't get along or we didn't see eye to eye, that was still my brother and I am very saddened and not very good right now. His [Henley] father came to see me today and we spoke and that was an emotional time."
Did Not Expect Him To Die
The defendant told the officers that he contacted Detective Pamphil Prevost following the incident regarding a restraining order because he did not know that his brother would have died and wanted a restraining order against his brother following the incident.
"I didn't. You know honestly, I didn't expect he would have died because of how he was carrying on after I left. I didn't thought he would have died. I just wanted to inquire about the restraining order and upon speaking to the officer, he called me back and told me that someone came to the station and said that the gentleman who was stabbed tonight died and that's when I said I at Belmont come for me," the defendant stated.
Meanwhile, Jack claimed that he left the scene after his brother was stabbed because he was afraid.
"Well knowing my brother he has a very nasty temper and instead of making matters worse, I left because when I spoke to Ms. Ward well thereafter, he was still in the yard cussing and going on - I going to kill you, I going to kill your mother [expletives] - those kind of words."
Jack said he was told this by Ward while speaking to her on the cell phone.
The accused related that Henley's girlfriend, Cacey Christopher was present during the incident and she was telling Henley to leave it alone, "It's just an antenna, come."
He said Ms. Sheneece Lettsome was also in the passenger seat of the Grand Vitara at the time of the incident.
During the police interview, Jack was asked if he ever had any prior disagreements with his brother which resulted in something similar. Jack stated his brother 'buss' his [expletives] several times.
He referred to an incident eight years ago where he jokingly repeated a phrase made by a person during a group conversation about Henley. However, in response, Henley burst his nose and lip using his fist.
Reason For Possession Of Knife
Jack in the interview said he had left the knife on the porch at the George's North Side property over the weekend to assist with attempts to get Ward's vehicle opened.
"In the said vehicle, there is a lock mechanism that if you pull the door handle twice, it will open from inside. So I had a rope with the other instruments, so I had the knife to cut it. I left the knife outside on the porch over the weekend."
He added, "So when I came back up there with the gentleman about 2:45, I saw the knife on the porch and I put it in my pocket for safe keeping because I didn't want to leave it out there because my kids play on that said porch."
The accused said he had intentions of leaving the knife inside the home before leaving the yard, but he forgot due to the commotion with Henley.
"...Everything was happening and I was trying to get from up there as quick as possible to avoid any confrontation. I just went in, rest the bags down and quickly went back outside."
He said the knife was a 4-inch blade with silver handle.
Jack related to the officers that he threw the knife away in the sea in the area of the community center in West End. He said he did it because he was scared.
The trial continues this morning, July 17 before Justice Albert Redhead. Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe and Crown Counsel Leslie Ann Faulkner are prosecuting the case.
Article Published July 16, 2013 - Jack Called Cop About Restraining Order Against Brother After Stabbing Incident
Murder accused Michael Jack called a police officer to inquire how to obtain a restraining order against his brother. This came out today, July 16 during the testimony of Detective Pamphil Prevost.
Jack is on trial for the murder of his brother, Tishawn Henley, who was stabbed at George's North Side on November 6, 2012.
Accused Michael Jack on July 15, 2013.
Photo Credit: BVI Platinum News
The Sergeant said around 6:50 pm on November 6, 2012, Jack, who he has known for several years, called his cellular phone and asked him how he can get a restraining order.
"He [Jack] informed me that he wanted to know the procedure when one is applying for a restraining order and I asked him who was it that he wanted a restraining order to be applied against; whether it was his spouse or a family member. He replied family member, his brother."
The Sergeant added, "I informed him that it is was a court's decision whether a retraining order would be granted and it would be the court which would set the perimeters of this restraining order."
The Detective said he ended the conversation with Jack since he was on another call. He said he told Jack he would call him back.
The witness said Jack then called him back and told him that he did not return the call. The Sergeant said this time around, Jack told him about the incident at George's North Side and stated that he was punched twice in the face by his brother and he took a knife from his pocket and stabbed him.
Jack was told by the officer to ascertain the condition of his brother and call him [officer] back. The Sergeant then made a call to control room concerning the incident.
The officer said Jack did not call him back, so he returned the call to Jack and told him about his brother's death. The Sergeant then told Jack that he can either turn himself in to police or they would come for him.
Officers then collected him from West End and the officer said on their way to the police station, Jack appeared remorseful over the incident.
Earlier this morning, Dr. Luverne Baptiste, the neighbor of the victim's mother at George's North Side testified to hearing loud arguments with lot of profanity in the yard. She said she heard Jack say, "It wouldn't end like this."
"To the end Micky [Jack] said, not this time, it wouldn't end like this, it wouldn't be like this. Something along those lines...He [Jack] turned to get into the jeep...and I turned to go back inside...Starting to undress again and then I heard screaming...I initially ignored it, then I ran outside up my driveway and...from where I stood I could see a body on the ground," she related.
Dr. Baptiste said she knew Jack for many years since when he was attending school. She said she did not know Henley.
Speaking more about what she heard and saw on November 6, 2012 from her residence, Dr. Baptiste said while she was in the bathroom she heard a heated argument.
"It was loud and they was a fair amount of profanity. I put on my shirt and I went outside to see what was really happening. The argument was louder; I looked to where the sound was coming from and I saw Micky [Jack]..."
Under cross examination, lawyer Daniels put to the witness that she could not distinguish between the more than one voices she heard and that Jack was facing the house; hence, she could not have seen if words were actually coming out of his mouth.
The witness agreed.
Daniels also suggested to the witness that it was not Jack who uttered the words about it would not end like this, but the witness maintained, "I would say that it was Micheal...I understand what you are saying. If I could remember correctly, those were the last words Micky said before turning to go into the vehicle."
The trial continues before Justice Albert Redhead.