Accused shooter David Cox was identified by a witness in court on Thursday. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Accused shooter David Cox was identified by a witness in court on Thursday. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
THURSDAY, MAY 26: An eyewitness has identified David Cox as one of the shooters who murdered Raymond Troy ‘Yankee’ Rawlins.

Michael Parsons said he recognized Mr Cox “by his eyes” even though most of his head and face was covered by a hood.

Mr Cox, 31, of Smith’s, is accused of the premeditated murder of Mr Rawlins in the early hours of August 9 last year.

Mr Rawlins was shot 16 times by two gunmen as he entered the Spinning Wheel Club on Court Street to attend Mr Parson’s birthday.

Mr Parsons told the Supreme Court that he was standing by the entrance to the club when Mr Rawlins and a friend arrived.

He said he ducked for cover as shots started to ring out and ran toward the back of the club.

Today Mr Parsons was asked whether he recognized one of the gunmen who was dressed in a blue rain jacket and followed Mr Rawlins into the club.

He replied: “Yes.”

Prosecutor Cindy Clarke then asked him: “Who was that?”

He replied: “It was David,” and pointed at Mr Cox seated in the dock.

Mr Parsons added: “I recognized his eyes. I have known him through the years and that is what I saw.”

Mr Parsons said he had been friends with Mr Cox for many years prior to the shooting.

He admitted that he did not see the second gunman.

Mr Cox denies premeditated murder and using a firearm to commit murder.