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Police release Clarendon man

Friday, January 03, 2014    

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THE man who was held last week Friday and questioned in relation to the murder of two female cousins in Clarendon has been released by the police.

Yesterday, Dwight Reece, the man's attorney, told the Jamaica Observer that the police informed the May Pen Resident Magistrate's Court that there was "no evidence at the time" on which to continue the man's detention or charge him.

Reece had on Monday applied to the May Pen Resident Magistrate's Court for a ruling that the police either charge his client by Thursday or release him.

The man was questioned in relation to the December 20 abduction and murder of cousins Franciena Johnson -- a 19-year-old nursing student of Jacob's Hut, in May Pen, Clarendon and Brooklyn, New York -- and Nordia Fearon, 19, of Foga Road, Salt River, also in the parish.

The bodies of the women were recovered from the Salt Marsh River in Clarendon, days apart. Johnson was killed a day after arriving in the island to visit relatives.

Last Friday, the Clarendon police named Ricardo Grey, Johnson's boyfriend, as a person of interest in the murders and gave him until December 28 to turn over himself to the police, but he is yet to do so.

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