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A former fugitive from justice was yesterday convicted of the murder of Fabian Joffer more than nine years ago.
Jason Marshall, 34, was convicted of the 2005 shooting.
Justice Indra Charles will sentence him on June 11.
Marshall, who was on $9,500 bail until his conviction, has been remanded to Her Majesty's Prisons until the sentencing hearing.
Prosecutors say Marshall shot Joffer following an argument at a party on Major Road in Yellow Elder Gardens.
Witnesses alleged that Marshall returned with a 9mm pistol and shot Joffer.
Prosecutors said that Marshall's flight from the country was evidence of his guilt.
He went to the United States shortly after the shooting.
Marshall was deported from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in February 2011.
He was arrested in Philadelphia for assault after he got into a confrontation with another man on October 2, 2010.
But Marshall said he was a victim of mistaken identity.
According to his lawyer Ian Cargill, there were three men called Jason at the party and investigators had failed to establish which Jason was responsible for the shooting as they did not hold an identification parade.
Marshall presented documentation to show that his name was really Reuben Jason Marshall and not Jason Reuben Marshall as the prosecution alleged.
By KEVA LIGHTBOURNE
Guardian Senior Reporter
Police in Pennsylvania have arrested a man wanted in The Bahamas in connection with a five-year-old murder case.
Jason Reuben Marshall, 30, who police want to question in connection with a 2005 homicide, was arrested on a simple assault charge October 2 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
According toThe Associated Press,at the time police made checks to see if there were any outstanding warrants against Marshall they discovered he was wanted in The Bahamas.
In 2005, the Central Detective Unit(CDU)issued an all-points bulletin for Marshall. Police wanted to question him in connection with the murder of Fabian Joffer.
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The 42nd version of the CARIFTA Games, staged here earlier this year, was yet another indication of the potential the Bahamian sports industry has. Our track and field athletes performed with the courage of lions.
The Bahamas' eight gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals (31 in total) were good enough for second to Jamaica's 29, 25 and 15 for a total of 69. The difference between Jamaica and The Bahamas was clear. The medal count demonstrated the superiority of our sister Caribbean nation. Bahamian observers were heartened however by a few signs.
Of course, there was the great junior athlete Shaunae Miller, who sent a message to the world about the talent in The Bahamas, with her sensational runs in the under-20 female 200 meters (22.77) and 400 meters (51.63). Miller will not be there for The Bahamas when the supreme Caribbean junior track and field event is held in Fort-de-France, Martinique next year. She has moved out of the junior category.
The talent depth is here, though, for others to emerge and give this country the numbers to make a stronger challenge against Jamaica for the title. Spectators, particularly Bahamians, would recall with pride the awesome combination of under-20 female sprinters Devynne Charlton and Carmiesha Cox.
Charlton zipped across the finish in 11.60, just a hair ahead of Cox (11.61) in the under-20 female 100 meters (m) final. They will be eligible for The Bahamas once again. They provide a prime example of the grit of the Bahamian athletes. Our athletes have always performed gallantly. They have demonstrated year after year, an unflinching spirit.
That indomitable characteristic was there to be found in Bradley Cooper and his teammates during the late 1970s, when The Bahamas began the surge to the top. During the early 1980s when the country arrived at the pinnacle of CARIFTA Games glory by winning (in 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984), our athletes were not to be denied. The group of stalwarts who carried our banner in battle so magnificently included Mark Johnson, Wendell Lawrence, Joey Wells, Pauline Davis, Monique Miller, Whelma Colebrooke, Laverne Eve, Michael Newbold, Stanford Moss, Lynden Sands, Steve Wray, David Charlton, Fabian Whymms, Oralee Fowler and Maryann Higgs.
Sadly, while the talent reservoir in The Bahamas remains the envy of the region, the development program is nothing to brag about at all. In fact, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) does not have a vibrant national development program. Quite frankly, the athletes who do so well for this country are those who come out of the school programs. Others surface because their parents/guardians can afford to pay coaches to train them.
While the BAAA grabs the credit, the truth is well known. The time has come for the BAAA to focus on structuring a national program that reaches into every corner of every community in the country. There once was a time when a strong effort was made in that direction. There are those now associated with the BAAA, who know of the ventures made by the organization into a variety of islands to find raw athletic products.
Subsequently, several attempts at talent-search programs stalled. Today, the BAAA does not have a strong development program that covers the entire country. As a result, the CARIFTA squads are constantly with the make-up that has New Providence out-numbering all of the other islands collectively. This situation has to change.
If it does, then, and only then, will The Bahamas be able to put up an incredibly strong challenge against Jamaica and ultimately reclaim the top status.
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We have all heard the saying, "College isn't for everyone." It is important for you to know that this statement is a lie. Education beyond the 12th grade is for you. It is important for your personal development and for our nation that everyone knows and believes that taking classes, learning, growing after high school graduation is key to your survival and success.
Last month, the United States Embassy in partnership with The Lyford Cay Foundation and The College of The Bahamas hosted school counselors and principals and over 1,000 students and parents in college readiness seminars. During the seminars, the presenters highlighted the importance of transforming how people think about college.
College can be a six-month certification program, a two-year institution, a weekend program, a vocational class, distance education courses or a four-year institution. It is all those things and more, based on what you want to achieve. While one type of experience may not be for everyone, surely one of the continuing education programs can help Bahamians achieve personal and professional goals.
It is important to know that Bahamians are successful at attending and graduating from the various college environments. In particular, Bahamians do very well at American colleges and universities no matter their backgrounds, experience and interests. If those people could do it, so can you.
Bahamians from various walks of life shared their experiences studying in The United States. They gladly spoke about their opportunities and successes. They are typical Bahamians - people from single-parent homes, people who had to work many jobs to afford college, people who knew what they wanted to study and people who are first generation college students.
World-class triple jumper Leevan 'Superman' Sands went to Temple Christian High School but finished his last two years at Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, FL. He then went on to graduate in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree in adult education from Auburn University.
Leevan indicated that growing up in The Bahamas provided him with the foundation he needed academically and as a blossoming athlete. He recalled that, "When the opportunity to finish my schooling abroad was made available, as apprehensive as I was, I knew that it would allow me opportunities that I may not have received at home. I left The Bahamas an average student, but after being exposed to the American educational system, I graduated from both high school and college in the U.S. with scholastic honors."
Renowned artist Kishan Munroe earned a bachelor of fine arts in visual effect and master's in fine arts in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and worked in the United States for a year after he graduated. Kishan said that studying at SCAD showed him the possibilities of the art market. He went to an international school so it was a microcosm of the cultural world. He developed a sensitivity and respect for the beliefs and customs of others.
Kishan currently has an exhibit at the National Art Gallery and will deliver an art lecture for the American Corner at The College of The Bahamas on February 25.
Some of you may know Shaness Kemp from the very popular YouTube music video featuring her dancing through the Straw Market and Pompey Square to Pharrell's song "Happy".
Shaness is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with bachelor of fine arts in 2008 and a master's in fine arts in 2012. She said that studying in the United States "changed my life by presenting opportunities that I probably would not have had otherwise. Additionally, I was exposed to various genres of dance and unique ways of moving that truly informed my artistry for the better."
Julian E. Thompson
Julian E. Thompson graduated from Daytona Beach Community College and Florida A&M University: "Each of my alma maters gave me the tools needed to be successful, but I first need to have the inner drive to want to be a success professionally and personally."
Julian who studied journalism is one of the few Bahamians who can say, "My biggest accomplishment was winning an Emmy with my colleagues at DCTV Channel 23 in Atlanta, GA. The story was our episode dealing with the funeral of Coretta King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife."
Noelle Alicia Rolle
Noelle Alicia Rolle is currently in an internal medicine residency at Harlem Hospital Center in New York. Noelle said: "There are more opportunities for me here in terms of future sub-specialties and eventual career opportunities, as being board certified in a certain area is recognized internationally. I'm learning first-world medicine, which is more evidence-based and less about cost restrictions. It has also helped me appreciate what we have at home."
Fabian Fernander completed a dual engineering degree program from two institutions - Morehouse College and Rochester Institute of Technology. Offering advice for students considering American colleges, Fabian said: "Consider your options wisely. Think about long-term gains, as opposed to short-term fun. Read trade magazines and find out which colleges are producing the best grads and are constantly enriching their programs. If at all possible, visit the colleges first and speak with students in your expected major, teachers and faculty outside."
Mikia Carter, who is currently studying at Philander Smith College and will graduate in 2014, said she became more exposed, open minded, and learned a great deal about herself and others because of her time at her college in Arkansas: "My biggest accomplishment would probably be gaining a fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business for the inaugural Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders."
Tashfi Hanchell graduated from Grand Bahama Catholic High School and went on to study Biology at Lincoln University in Oxford, PA: "This is a time to experience life, so be open to new things. I became more of an extrovert. Being outside of my culture gave me the opportunity to express myself without reservation."
Jonathan Ryan Moseley
Jonathan Ryan Moseley attended La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA and graduated with a computer science bachelor degree and a computer information science master's degree.
While getting married has been his greatest accomplishment, he is grateful for his time at La Salle University because it is not only where he met his wife, but where he was afforded various professional development opportunities. He wants Bahamian students to understand that "the name of the institution is not the most important thing. Find an institution that can provide the best professional avenue to what you would like to accomplish in life".
Brittany Major studied biomedical laboratory sciences at Michigan State University (MSU) and is currently completing an internship in Washington, D.C. for Medical Technology. Brittany revealed this about studying at MSU: "It influenced me a lot professionally because the field I chose is not a very common one, so not many schools had the program; neither did Nassau. However, MSU had so many choices for majors and after taking a few classes and doing some research in the field, I realized that medical technology was a perfect fit for me. If I had never studied in the United States, I don't think I would have ever realized that this was the profession for me."
These Bahamians, and so many more, met and surpassed their goals. They created international networks for academic and professional support.
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- Genre : Horror, Thriller
- Rating : C - 18yrs and Older
A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew....
The Court of Appeal yesterday acquitted a man who had been sentenced to 48 years in prison for murder, ruling that his case should have been withdrawn from the jury at the close of the prosecution's case.
Jason Marshall was convicted last April of the 2005 shooting death of Fabian Joffer.
A jury accepted the prosecution's contention that Marshall shot Joffer following an argument at a party on Major Road in Yellow Elder Gardens.
Witnesses alleged that Marshall returned with a 9mm pistol and shot Joffer.
Prosecutors said that Marshall's flight from the country to the United States by illegal means was evidence of his guilt.
Marshall was deported from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in February 2011.
He was arrested in Philadelphia for assault after he got into a fight with another man on October 2, 2010.
At the trial, his attorney argued there were three men called Jason at the party and investigators had failed to establish which Jason was responsible for the shooting, as they did not hold an identification parade.
Ramona Farquharson represented Marshall on appeal.
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A Vietnam veteran who becomes a local hero after saving a man from attackers on a city bus decides to take action when his best friend is murdered and the police show little interest in solving the crime....
Funeral Service for Anthony Hugh Holbert, 54 of Bowe Avenue, Montell Heights will be held on Saturday 12th March 2011 at 2:00pm at New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Independence Drive. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Everette Brown Assisted by Rev. Dr. Erold Farquharson. Minister Cecil Higgs and Rev. Joseph Saunders. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Soldier Road.
Left to cherished his memories are his wife: Liliamae Holbert; children: Dennis, Denise and Dena Holbert; step-children: Dominique Shepherd, Chad Francis, Adrian Ramsey, Renardo Farrington and Tara Bodie; grand-children: Dillen and Kyden Holbert, Daryenne and Torres Dean, Brianna Shepherd and Sade’ Francis, Jovel and Fabian ...
Nassau, The Bahamas
- The Bahamas Government awarded a contract for $378,035 to
C. H. Developers and Construction Ltd. to conduct a land contamination
study for the development of the Big Pond Park, during a ceremony at
the Ministry of Public Works and Transport on Monday, March 28.
The contract was signed by
Public Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko Grant, Colin Higgs,
permanent secretary and John Canton, director. Fabian Bain signed on
behalf of C. H. Developers...
Funeral Service for the late Minister Barbara Baillou Arnette age 53 years of Johnson Terrace, Kelly Lane will be held on Saturday at New Mount Zion Baptist Church at 11:00a.m. Officiating will be Pastor. Andrew Stuart. Interment will follow in the Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Road.
Cherished memories will linger in the hearts of her husband: Prince Arnette; Four Daughters: Camille Mackey, Shannel Wilson Shekira Collins and Lashantay Baillou; Adopted Daughter: Nadia Laing; Stepson: Mario Arnette; Stepfather: Neville Deveaux; Adopted Parents: Cecil and Mavis Gaitor; 3 Sons-in-law: Stanley Wilson, Steve Miller and Phillip Humes; 4 Brothers: Arthur, Joseph, Charles and Cyril Rolle; 5 Sisters: Brenda Peet, Marina Stevens, Albertha Rahming, Betty Dorsette and Emma Williams; 3 Adopted Brothers: Cassius, Aaron and Edward Gaitor; 5 Adopted Sisters: Leteria Pinder, Kailean, Danielle, Lafeira and Senita Gaitor; 4 Brothers-in-law: Tamkio Sweeting, Teneil Williams, Terrance Peet, Alfred Rahming. Seven Grand-children: Steve, Darrius and Cassie Miller, Zion and Zolton Wilson, Phillip and Philliyah Humes. Aunts: Sylvia Brice, Shirley Sential, Albertha Hopkins, Jessie, Morian, Barabara and Sheila Baillou; Uncles: Everette, Bernard, Alfonso and Kingsley Baillou; Nieces: Maxine Brown, Melissa Dean, Sylvia Cargill, Caffie Dorsette,, Shonique Reckley, Patricia Johnson, Sylvian Rahming, Anna Jessica Rolle, Summer Rolle and Tenia Williams; Nephews: Tino, Ringo and Fabian Brown, Elvis Reckley, Jamal Turnquest, Samuel Stevens, Dwight and Jamone Johnson, Andi Baillou, Alferdo and Alex Rahming, Percy Marshall, Neville Dean, Daniel Williams and Charles Rolle Jr.; 10 Grandnieces; 12 Grandnephews; Cousins: Joanne Ferguson, Sherlyn Smith, Vevilan Hopkins, Helliena Cooper, Monique Baillou, Jackie Gaitor, Kenique Sential, Kim Morley, Jack Sential, Ty Fergusin, Dike and Prince Hopkins Jr, Leston, Ivan, Levan, Danny, James, John, Andrew, Remie, Neville, Nikki and Dancina Gaitor, Harvette Stacey, Denva, Remmique and Latario Gaitor, Anthony Goodman, Don and Troy, Shonell Gaitor, Frances Rolle, Sheryl Lightbourn, Pollymae Demeritte, Pam, Tezel, Terizen and Glenroy Baillou, Emma Romer, Alex, Raymond, Bernard and Ricardo Baillou, Ramond, Jamal and Sherice Gaitor, Sailes, Jessie and Rashekia Higgins and Mrs. Higgins. Special Friends: Lawrence Roker and Edward Dean; A host of other relatives and friends including Mr. and Mrs. Laing, Pastor Ishmael Martain and family, Mastic Point Community, P.H.A. family and co-workers. Bishop Laroda, Sister Davis and family, Louise, Joan and Sherone, Conerstone Church Family, Thomas Ferguson, Sister Prall and family, Rose Strachan and family, Evamae and family, Jennifer and Fabian, Ashley O'Brian, Jwina Johnson, Jance Sweeting, Vincent Collins and family, Randolph Mackey and family, James Wells and family, Sq. Patrick Brown and family, Rowena Burrows and family, Christine Humes and family and Andrew Nixon.
Relatives and friends may pay their last respect at Evergreen Mortuary on Friday from 10:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and again at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time.