Gunman found guilty of quadruple murder
Jermaine Turner, the man charged with the brutal quadruple murder of three teenaged boys and a man in Monymusk Housing Scheme, Clarendon in April 2015 was yesterday found guilty on all counts.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn told the Jamaica Observer that during the trial Turner, who was represented by George Clue and Michael Shorter, raised the defence of alibi, saying that he was elsewhere on the night of the murders.
However, he failed to convince the jury which deliberated for 42 minutes before returning with a unanimous verdict in the Circuit Court for the parish of Clarendon where Justice Dale Palmer started hearing the case on February 15, 2017.
The heartless murders of 14-year-old Raymond Givans, a student of Vere Technical High School; Ricardo Briscoe, also 14 years old, of Garvey Maceo High School; 16-year-old Alex Turner, who attended Central High; and Marquis Hamilton, a 35-year-old accounts clerk at the Sugar Company of Jamaica, enraged and shocked the nation.
At the time it was reported that about 9:00 pm on April 15 Hamilton and his common law spouse were seated on the perimeter wall of their residence at Shrimp Street in the Monymusk housing scheme.
The three boys were on their way home when they stopped near to Hamilton’s house to tap into an unsecured wireless Internet service.
The couple was approached by Turner and another man. Turner brandished a gun and instructed his cohort to search and rob Hamilton and the woman of their cellular phones.
The woman eventually escaped, but Hamilton and the boys were ordered to lie face down, after which Turner shot the boys execution style in their heads. Hamilton was shot in the chest.
Turner was held during a police operation at his residence and the phones belonging to Hamilton and his spouse were taken from Turner and his sister, Sabrina Corrier.
Turner was charged with four counts of murder, robbery with aggravation and possession of illegal firearm and ammunition, while Corrier was charged with receiving stolen property.
The Crown was represented by Kelly-Ann Boyne, assistant DPP.
Sentencing is set for April 6, 2017.
"I do hope this can provide some amount of closure for the families of the victims," Llewellyn said yesterday. "The police did their job and the court system worked."