Superintendent Milos Moyo, the Officer Commanding Police Camps in Bulawayo, allegedly shot Artwell Magagada who was on his way home after work on the night of January 1, 2007.
Moyo was formally charged in February this year three years after he committed the murder crime. He has been out on US$100 bail since then.
Appearing before Bulawayo High Court judge, Justice Nicholas Mathonsi for the opening of the trial Moyo pleaded not guilty to the murder of Magagada.
In his defence the police chief claimed that Magagada was shot by a man who was driving an Isuzu truck with South African registration numbers whom he was trying to arrest.
He said before Magagada was shot he had observed the driver of the Isuzu truck pulling out a black pistol and cocking it.
However a police constable Fani Katiyo who was at the scene the day Magagada was shot testified against Moyo and told Judge Mathonsi that “he did not see a gun with the driver of the Isuzu truck on the fateful and he is very sure that the police chief shot and killed Magagada”
Magagada, who was working as a cashier for Chicken Inn food outlet, was shot in the head along Fort Street and Leopold Takawira Avenue in the city centre.
He died after spending four days on a life support system at Mater Dei Hospital with the bullet still lodged in his head.
Moyo’s trial was expected to continue yesterday (Wednesday 04 August) he is being represented by a state lawyer Tanaka Muganyi.