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January 17, 2013
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Murder case in limbo after witness' death

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


The murder case against three St James men, who are charged in connection with a 2011 murder, is now in limbo as the court seeks to make a determination as to the cause of the death of a witness.

Harold Jackson, Jovan Myrie and Keygan Petgrave, all of Montego Bay addresses, are charged with the shooting death of Christopher Eccleston, who was killed on July 1, 2011.

Another man, who was shot in the same incident which took place in Westgate Hills, had subsequently died early last year. It is that man's death that has caused a delay in the murder case.


In court yesterday, it was revealed that investigations are still ongoing with regard to the second man, as it has not yet been determined whether his death resulted from the injuries he had sustained.

The court was also told that the medical examiner responsible for conducting the witness post-mortem report is on vacation leave and has not yet returned.

Resident Magistrate Sheron Barnes subsequently extended the three defendants' bails for them to return to court on February 27, by which time an update on the post-mortem report is expected.

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