Kadeem Blackwood murder: Jury discharged

Kadeem Blackwood Kadeem Blackwood drew a knife just before he was shot, the court was told

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The jury in the retrial of a man accused of ordering the murder of a 15-year-old as part of a gang feud has been discharged.

Michael Hamblett-Sewell denies ordering the death of Kadeem Blackwood in Caxton Park, Derby, in November 2008.

The court heard Mr Hamblett-Sewell, 26, admitted falling out with Kadeem but insisted he was only aware of a gun moments before it was fired.

Another man is already serving a life sentence for pulling the trigger.

Callum Campbell, who was 19 at the time, was jailed in 2009.

Michael Hamblett-Sewell Michael Hamblett-Sewell claimed to have been expecting a fight, not a shooting

The jury at Nottingham Crown Court heard although Campbell had pleaded guilty to the shooting, Mr Hamblett-Sewell had allegedly been behind it.

The court was told Mr Hamblett-Sewell had only met Kadeem "a couple of times" but was due to fight him the night before he died. However, Mr Hamblett-Sewell said he did not face him because "15 was too young".

Confirming he had gone to Caxton Park, Mr Hamblett-Sewell said he had expected to see a fight and only saw Campbell had a gun at the last minute.

He then told the court he had said "leave it" but Kadeem had pulled out a knife.

There was then a loud bang and Kadeem fell. Mr Hamblett-Sewell said he was "shocked and panicking" and he then ran off.

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