March 15, 2013
The Court of Appeal yesterday questioned the fairness of a trial that was allowed to continue after prosecutors dropped charges against a man's co-accused. Mario Delancy was ultimately convicted of manslaughter in the July 16, 2009 beating death of Adam Evans at Spring City, Abaco and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The trial began with six defendants, but on the second day of the trial prosecutors withdrew charges against Willie Watkins, Jameka McKenzie, Zhivargo Bootle, Shawona Pinder and Jerann Delancy.
The appellate panel raised the issue of fairness of the trial proceeding before jury in those circumstances after Delancy's lawyer, Jerone Roberts, requested a short adjournment to get a Privy Council judgment he wanted to use during the appeal. The court said it wanted to be addressed on the issue, which was not raised as a ground of appeal by Roberts. The hearing is now set for April 9.
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