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June 19, 2014
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DEON GREEN, Star Writer

The Morant Bay police have made a major breakthrough into last year's double murder of two brothers from Rolandsfield in St Thomas.

They have charged 45-year-old Michael Geddes from Portland with the double murder of farmers Herman and Norman Rowe.

The charge was slapped on the accused yesterday after an identification parade the previous day. Geddes had been taken into custody previously in connection with the murder, but was released due to insufficient evidence.

Allegations against Geddes are that he had been involved in a dispute with the now deceased brothers and was sued. The police theorised that the dispute may have been the motive for the double murder.

Geddes has been booked to appear in the Morant Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on June 25 when the case comes up for mention.

On July 8 last year, the brothers left their home in Rolandsfield in the early morning for their plantation in the John Crow Mountain. They did not return.

Concerned family members raised an alarm after they failed to reach the brothers by various means. A search of their farm revealed the bodies of the two brothers with multiple gunshot wounds.

A post-mortem examination later revealed that the brothers were shot and killed with a 9mm pistol.

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