Teen’s murder trial set

| 07/07/2010

(CNS): A sixteen year old boy who is facing murder charges for the killing of Marcus Duran, who was gunned down in Maliwinas Way on 11 March intends to plead not guilty to the charge and will face trial in November of this year. The teen who cannot be named as he is a juvenile was transferred from the Summary Court to the Grand Court during this morning’s opening session. The boy who appeared before the presiding judge, Justice Charles Quin has not yet entered an official plea as the indictment against him has not been presented. A number of other serious cases also came before the Grand Court opening session on Wednesday (7 July) including murders, attempted murders and a kidnapping.

Another teenager, Justin Ramoon (18) entered a plea of not guilty to attempted murder and not guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm in connection with a shooting on 21 February. Ramoon is accused of trying to kill Sven Connor in the area of the Fairbanks trailer park in George Town.
Justin Manderson who is also only 18 and facing attempted murder charges for shooting Andy Barnes, made his first appearance in Grand Court, but no trial date has yet been set and Manderson is expected back in court on 16 July.
Barnes who received a gun shot wound to the arm at Kelly’s Bar, West Bay, on the evening of 24 June is the father of 4 year old Jeremiah Barnes who was shot and killed at a West Bay Gas station in February. Police have charged Devon Anglin with that crime, but his case has not yet made the Grand Court listings.  
Raziel Jeffers, 26 who is now facing two murder charges also appeared before Justice Quin though no trial dates were fixed. Jeffers is accused of murdering Marcus Ebanks on Bonaventure Road, West Bay, on 8 July 2009; he also faces a charge of attempted murder of 14 year old Adryan Powell who has been paralysed as a result of the gun shot injuries he received. In addition, Jeffers is facing a second murder charge for the fatal shooting of Damion Ming on 25 March 2010 in Birch Tree Hill, West Bay.
Four men also appeared on two separate indictments in connection with a kidnapping which occurred in March. Richard Hurlstone and Allan Kelly are due to appear in the court again on 16 July and have not yet had trial dates fixed. Wespie Mullings and Charles Webster also appeared in connection with the same kidnapping but only Webster has had a trail date fixed for October 2010.
The four 17-year-olds accused of armed robbery at the Domino’s pizza parlour, Savannah, in June, also appeared before the Grand Court but with no indictment prepared by the crown the three girls, Julissa Avila, Addie Haylock, and Anastasia Watson were remanded to Fairbanks prison, and Ariel McLaughlin to Eagle House, the teens will return to court on 6 August.
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