The snail seller, who allegedly raised the false alarm, that the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama was a suspected armed robber, has been discharged.
Akosua Takyiwaa, aka Maame Bono was discharged together with 12 other people, whom the prosecution now wants to use as witnesses.
She is said to be the one who called the Assemblyman, William Baah, to report that she has seen an armed robber.
The prosecution told the court that their investigations into the matter informed the decision.
The said food seller [Akosua Takyiwaa, aka Maame Bono] who allegedly raised the false alarm, that the late Major Maxwell Mahama, was a suspected armed robber was selling snails.
Major Mahama had reportedly stopped to buy snails, and when he took money from his pocket to pay for the snails, the trader saw the pistol and reportedly informed the assemblyman of Denkyira Obuasi that the young military officer was an armed robber.
According to the police, without verifying the identity of Major Mahama, the assemblyman and armed townsfolk accosted the military officers, gave him a chase, shot at him, and eventually pounced on him using cement blocks, clubs, among others, until he died around 10am, two hours after he had started the jogging.
The police said, they met the deceased at Denkyira-Obuasi cemetery, which was about one-and-half kilometres from where he bought the snails and accosted him without giving the deceased the opportunity to identify himself.
Police said by that time, the message had spread that an armed robber had been sighted and so other people had come around wielding all forms of implements and started attacking the deceased.
Meanwhile, the rest of the 19 suspects which include one woman are still facing the charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
The nineteen standing trial are William Baah, assembly man, Yaw Annor, mason, Akwasi Baah farmer, Kwame Tuffuor, driver, Akwasi Asante, farmer, Joseph Appiah-Kubi, driver, Kwadwo Animah, mason, Philip Badu, prison assistant, Kofi Nyame, farmer, Michael Anim, Bernard Asamoah, driver’s apprentice.
The rest are Ebenezer Appiah, Charles Quainin, vulganizer operator, Anthony Amoah, okada operator, Bismark Donkor, farmer, Kwame Agyei, farmer, Solomon Sackey, carpenter, John Bosie, driver’s apprentice, Vivian Asahene, unemployed.