Two to face murder trial
Case to go before High Court for 2010 killing of Gittens
Shamar Antonio Lynch, 21, of Walkes Spring, St Thomas and Micah Laron Chase, 28, of #4 Gullyfield, Bayville, St Michael will be standing trial for murder.
That was told to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court when the two accused men returned there last Friday.
They are charged with murdering Julius Gittens, alias Ju-Ju, who died after being shot at Spry Street, the City, on February 18, 2010.
Originally, Andre Hinkson was accused of the same crime along with Lynch and Chase but his case went on to the High Court by way of paper committal. His trial ended with a jury declaring him not guilty of murdering Gittens.
A month ago when the case against Lynch and Chase came up for hearing, neither the prosecutor nor the court knew what the status of the case was, since the matter had already been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for him to make a determination on the way forward.
No representative from that office was there at the time to update the court.
On Friday, Principal Crown Counsel Elwood Watts appeared on behalf of the office of the DPP. He explained that an application had already been made by his office to the High Court, to have the matter done by voluntary bill (where the case goes directly to the High Court without going through a preliminary hearing).
“The contemplation is to bring it from the Magistrates’ court and have it tried in the High Court as soon as possible,” Watts said.