TWO men on trial over the killing of a man who was blasted to death in a Leeds woodland have been cleared of murder.
Jurors at Leeds Crown Court also found Ian Wilson, 37, and Trevor Isles, 49, not guilty of two offences of kidnap yesterday.
The jury found Anthony Micah Pyke, 32, guilty of two offences of kidnap. They have yet to reach a verdict on the murder charge in relation to Pyke and will continue their deliberations today.
Mr Justice William Davis told the jury of eight women and four men that a majority verdict, in which at least ten of them are agreed, was now acceptable. The court has heard Colin Pierre, 31, bled to death after being shot in the leg and left to die in woodland off Gledhow Valley Road in the early hours of March 11 this year.
The prosecution allege Mr Pierre was shot as a punishment meted out by Anthony Micah Pyke, a “ruthless Leeds drug dealer”, who was also known as BJ.
Pyke, of Gordon Terrace, Meanwood, Wilson and Isles, both of Highfield Green, Pudsey, pleaded not guilty to murder and the kidnap offences.
The prosecution claimed Wilson and Isles both worked for Pyke and were responsible for collecting Mr Pierre from a house in Morley before delivering him to Pyke.
Both men claiming Mr Pierre came with them of his own free will and that they knew nothing of Pyke’s intention to shoot him.
Pyke gave evidence at the trial in which he claimed he has been a victim of mistaken identity.