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June 02, 2011
Murder accused says victim abused her mother

A woman on trial for killing her mother's boyfriend told a Supreme Court jury yesterday that he had abused her mother for years.
Melba Munroe is on trial for the February 12, 2006 stabbing death of Dean Archer.
Munroe did not take the witness stand. She instead made an unsworn statement from the prisoner's dock.
According to Munroe, 31, Archer was repeatedly abusive towards her mother and had stabbed her before.
She said her mother withdrew the stabbing case because Archer's family begged her to.
Munroe said, "My mother was on her dying bed and he never spent one day in prison, but I spent 34 months."
Munroe's mother, Cheryl Smith, confirmed in her testimony that Archer abused her and that she had dropped a stabbing case against him at his family's request.
Smith said that Archer came to her apartment on the day in question. She also said they left together to buy drinks from a bar, which they consumed along with Munroe and other persons when they returned home.
Smith said she told Archer she was going to bed, but he declined to join her. She said she awoke when she felt pain in her neck.
Smith said she assumed that Archer had stabbed her because she was bleeding. Smith said Archer left the room and she followed him and told him off.
She said Archer left the apartment. A short time later, she said she went outside and saw him on the ground.
Smith said she held him and spoke to him, but he did not respond.
According to Munroe's uncontested statement to police, which was entered into evidence on Tuesday, Munroe heard her mother screaming that Archer was trying to kill her.
Munroe said that Archer had her mother in a choke hold when they left the bedroom and that her mother was bleeding when Archer left the apartment, according to the statement. She also said in the statement that she collected a steak knife from the kitchen and followed Archer.
Munroe further said in the statement that Archer threatened her with a rock and she stabbed him in the chest.
The trial continues before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs today.  Linda Evans is the prosecutor and Michael Hanna represents Munroe.

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March 21, 2014
Murder and attempted murder trial discontinued

A murder and attempted murder trial against three defendants came to an abrupt end yesterday when the attorney general entered a nolle prosequi.
Prosecutors alleged that Anthorn Smith, aka Breadman; Allan Knowles, aka Shorts, and Owen McKenzie, aka Cat, fatally shot Christeria Brown on September 17, 2010 and attempted to murder her boyfriend Dario Rolle.
Brown and her boyfriend were shot as they slept at a home in Garden Hills. She died as a result of her injuries while Rolle was left with multiple gunshot wounds to his jaw and arm.
Prosecutors called crime scene officers when they opened their case on Monday.
Attorneys Murrio Ducille for Smith, Bernard Ferguson for Knowles and Michael Kemp for McKenzie did not ask witnesses any questions. Linda Evans prosecuted.
Justice Vera Watkins dismissed the jury panel after receiving the directive to stop the case.
However, she advised the defendants that the nolle was not an acquittal and the Crown reserved the right to recall the case.

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April 19, 2012
Murder convict seeking to have life sentence overturned

The man convicted of the murder of Free National Movement (FNM) Cabinet Minister Charles "Chuck" Virgill appeared before the Court of Appeal yesterday in a bid to have his life sentence overturned.
Ellison Smith was originally sentenced to death for the 1997 shooting death of Virgill during his government's campaign for a second term in office.
His body was found in a well field behind the Bahamas Electricity Corporation on Soldier Road on February 15, 1997. According to the evidence, Virgill's attackers accosted him outside his condominium on West Bay Street and forced him into his car.
In 1999, Smith and Anthony Evans were sentenced to death for killing Virgill. At the time of their conviction, murderers were automatically ordered to hang.
The Privy Council found this practice unconstitutional in 2006 and all murder convicts had to be re-sentenced.
Smith was sentenced to life during a re-sentencing hearing in 2010.
His lawyer, Jairam Mangra, told the court he would be ready to argue the appeal on May 10.

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December 15, 2010
Murder detection rate at 66

Police have closed 62 of the 93 murder cases recorded so far this year, bringing the detection rate to 66 percent, according to Superintendent Leon Bethell.
The latest statistics represent a slight drop compared to last quarter. At the end of September the murder detection rate was 74 percent. Nonetheless, Bethell, who heads the Central Detective Unit, said the current rate is admirable.
Police closed a murder investigation earlier this week.
On Monday police charged two suspects with the murder of an Abaco businessman and the attempted murder of his girlfriend and daughter.
Dacinson Berchant, 27, of Central Pines Estates, and Brandon Evans, 29, of Cove Estates, are accused of planning to rob Stanley ...

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October 11, 2010
Murder suspect surrenders to police

By LEDEDRA MARCHE
FN Senior Reporter
lededra@nasguard.com

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama-Wanted man Randal Evans Brown surrendered to police late Monday night after an all points bulletin(APB)was issued for his arrest in connection with the murder of 37-year-old Denny Rolle on Friday.
Brown was accompanied by his attorney Carlson Shurland when he presented himself at police headquarters.
The incident, which occurred at Cora's Place on Sergeant Major Drive shortly after 4:00 p.m., allegedly involved Brown and 24-year-old Rolle over a cellular phone and ended with the victim being shot in the chest.
Rolle was rushed to the Rand Memorial Hospital by Emergency Medical Services personnel and succumbe ...

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Murder trial jury sequestered
June 14, 2013
Murder trial jury sequestered

The jury that will decide the fate of three men accused of the murder of a policeman has been sequestered.
The all-woman jury heard from the prosecution's first witness in the retrial of Stephen Stubbs, Andrew Davis and Clint Evans Thursday afternoon.
Prosecutors contend they are responsible for the March 29, 1999 shooting death of Constable Jimmy Ambrose and the attempted murder of Constable Marcian Scott.
Evans is accused of having a firearm to put Officers 1988 Frank Burrows and 2250 Calvin Robinson in fear.
The defendants have denied the allegations at their trial before Justice Roy Jones.
In his opening statement, prosecutor Ambrose Armbrister told jurors that the men did not have anything to prove.
He said justice demands that the innocent are acquitted and the guilty are condemned.
Armbrister said that witnesses would place all three defendants on the scene of the crime and identify them as the people responsible for committing the offenses.
The prosecution's first witness was Sgt 1908 Rolle, who photographed the crime scene at the now-closed Club Rock Disco on West Bay Street.
Rolle, who worked as a crime scene investigator in 1999, said he collected six spent casings from the scene.
Rolle also said he collected a bullet cartridge from a doctor at the hospital in addition to a pair of jeans and a jacket.
The case continues today.
Murrio Ducille appears for Stubbs, Ian Cargill appears for Davis and Romona Farquharson appears for Evans.

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March 30, 2011
Murder trial underway at Supreme Court

Prosecutors on Tuesday opened their case against murder accused Michael Beckford.
He is accused of the October 4, 2008 death of Sheanda Newton.
Her body was found in bushes off Charles W. Saunders Highway. She was only wearing a red bra and panties and had a gash on her neck and burn marks on her face.
Jurors were shown photos of the crime scene before presiding Justice Vera Watkins adjourned the case until today.
Linda Evans and Anthony Delaney are the prosecutors. Dorsey McPhee represents Beckford.
Also at the Supreme Court, the prosecution is continuing its case against Cohen Lightbourne. He is on trial for the July 25, 2007 murder of Carl Russell at the home of a woman they both knew.
Investiga ...

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August 13, 2014
Murder victims remembered during Fox Hill Day

The victims of a mass shooting in Fox Hill last year were remembered yesterday as residents of one of the oldest communities in New Providence celebrated Fox Hill Day. Prime Minister Perry Christie, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson and several other Cabinet ministers joined Fox Hill residents in fellowship at several churches in the community.Claudezino Davis, Shaquille Demeritte, Shenique Sands and Eric Morrison were shot and killed on December 27. Speaking about the incident at St. Paul's Baptist Church, Mitchell said, "Life takes twists and turns, but we must, no matter what, do the things that make for peace and build up the common life."

He wore a shirt with an image of Davis on the front and back. At Mt. Carey Union Baptist Church, Sand's daughter, five-year-old Tamea Evans, performed a recitation titled "Roses" in remembrance of her mother."Roses are red, violets are blue; curry is sweet and my mom is too," she said. "I love her. She loves me. Rest in peace, mommy." The victims were in a crowd at Freedom Park in Fox Hill when the occupants of a gray car opened fire on the crowd. The incident sent shockwaves throughout the community and rallied community and religious leaders to increase outreach efforts in an attempt to end the violence. Detectives questioned more than 60 people as they tried to figure out who was responsible for the drive-by shooting. Four men were eventually arrested and charged with the four murders and the attempted murders of seven other people. Yesterday, Christie said he was pleased to be able to share in the innocence of the many performances by the young girl and boys, "at a time in our country where we have incredible social challenges that manifest themselves in terms of continued violence inflicted by young people on young people".Since Sunday, five people have been murdered in New Providence; three men and two women.

Fox Hill Day, celebrated on the second Tuesday in August, is a day set aside as a special celebration of the emancipation of slaves in The Bahamas. Fox Hill is named after the freed African Samuel Fox who was granted 23.5 acres of land at Creek Village in 1801.

During the service at Mt. Carey, several children depicted the 2012 general election on stage.

Clad in Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), Free National Movement (FNM) and Democratic National Alliance (DNA) paraphernalia, the children shouted out key phrases coined during the election campaign from the respective parties.When asked who they were voting for, each group ultimately shouted out "Jesus".

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June 22, 2013
Murdered witness testimony heard in Stubbs case

A murdered witness spoke from the grave yesterday when his deposition was read into evidence.
Presiding Judge Roy Jones granted the prosecution's request to have the evidence of Marcian Scott, who was murdered in 2006, entered into evidence at the retrial of Stephen Stubbs, Andrew Davis and Clinton Evans.
The men are on trial for the shooting death of DC Jimmy Ambrose and the attempted murder of Constable Marcian Scott at the now-closed Club Rock Disco on March 26, 1999.
Assistant Commissioner Stephen Seymour, who led Scott's evidence at the preliminary inquiry into the charges, read a transcript of Scott's evidence into the record.
According to the transcript, Scott and Ambrose were at the club to meet with an informant. He said that Ambrose picked him up and asked him to do so some spot checks for criminals.
Scott said a fight broke out in the packed club and he and Ambrose went to the front of the establishment. Scott said that he saw Stubbs, whom he referred to as 'Die', with a gun.
According to Scott, Die and Davis, whom he called 'Yogi', fired at them before running away. Scott said he took cover behind a car and called an ambulance for his colleague.
Scott said Davis was arrested at the scene when he returned.
Attorney Cecil Hilton questioned Scott's identification of Stubbs at the preliminary inquiry. Scott claimed that he had known Stubbs about a year prior to the incident.
However, Hilton said this couldn't be so as Stubbs was in prison for three years prior to the incident and had just recently been released.
Davis, who did not have a lawyer at the preliminary inquiry, questioned Scott himself. He suggested that Scott had implicated him to get even with him because of a prior run-in.
During cross-examination, Scott had admitted slapping and punching Davis during a prior arrest on charges of death threats.
Ducille did not question Scott on behalf of Evans at the preliminary inquiry.
All of the defendants are represented at the retrial. Ducille now appears for Stubbs, Ian Cargill appears for Davis and Romona Farquharson appears for Evans.

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September 17, 2011
Murderer gets life

A man who slit his girlfriend's throat and then set her body afire has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Michael Beckford killed Sheanda Newton in October 2008 after they argued about whether she was "sick", according to the evidence presented at trial.
Citing precedents set out by the Privy Council cases of Maxo Tido and Earnest Lockhart, Justice Vera Watkins said Beckford's actions did not warrant the death penalty.
Prior to 2006, all murder convicts were condemned to death regardless of any mitigating factors that might have been present. In March 2006, the Privy Council ruled that this practice was unconstitutional.
Watkins said, "I am mindful of the fact that the circumstances of the present case, as in all cases of murder, are tragic and the resulting pain and suffering for the family members and loved ones of the victims are undoubtedly immeasurable.
"I am also mindful of the fact that Beckford displayed a casual or total disrespect for human life. However, upon reviewing the circumstances surrounding the killing of the victim in this case and the guidelines set out in the above mentioned cases, I am of the view that killing of the victim in the present case does not fall in the category of those that warrant the most condign punishment of death."
Watkins said that Beckford had no previous convictions for causing harm to another person and he was gainfully employed prior to his remand on the murder charge.
Watkins said that apart from arguing with Beckford, it appears that Newton did nothing to trigger the violent attack. She said the argument over whether Newton was sick "cannot justify the extreme reaction of Beckford."
She said, "According to Constable Dario Burrows, Beckford drove to his home, retrieved a bottle of diesel and then drove the victim to an area of Nassau Village where he assaulted her, dragged her out of his car, poured diesel over her body, placed a lit newspaper next to her body and then left her. Based on the sequence of events it appears as if Beckford had ample time for him to recover from anything the victim may have said during the argument.
"This leads me to conclude that Beckford's reaction is disproportional to the actions of the victim. Further, Beckford has expressed no empathy for the victim or her family.
"I note there has been a tragic loss of human life. Apart from the issue of whether or not the victim was 'sick' there is no indication as to a motive for the killing of the victim. The evidence does, however, suggest that Beckford showed no respect for human life.
"The victim's throat was cut in two areas. The act of setting fire to a newspaper and leaving it next to the victim's diesel soaked body indicates sadistic motivation on the part of Beckford."
Lifers have served anywhere from 10 years to their natural lives, depending on the decision of the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy.Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham recently said government plans to introduce legislation to ensure that persons who receive life sentences die in prison.
Beckford was on bail for the murder of Michael Knowles when he killed Newton. Beckford was acquitted of Knowles' murder last year.
His lawyer, Dorsey McPhee, said he plans to appeal the conviction and sentence. Linda Evans appeared for the Crown.
 

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