Sept 29 trial set for accused men in 'Bunny' Francis murder
THE four men charged with the murder of Roderick 'Bunny' Francis, a high-profile player in the local fishing industry, are now to be tried on September 29.
The date was set when the men appeared in the Home Circuit Court this week for trial.
Special provisions had been put in place for sufficient jurors to be available for the matter to get underway, but the matter could not start as the court was informed that one accused, Carlos Batista of Allerdyce Drive, Kingston 8, had changed his attorney.
The others to be tried in the matter are George Gardner, Sheldon Watson and Yuton Welsh, who are all of Kingston addresses.
Sixty-six-year-old Francis was shot dead by gunmen pretending to have car trouble outside his Queensway home in St Andrew in July 2011. Francis's death is believed to be a contract killing.
A businessman was subsequently taken into custody and questioned in relation to the murder but was released without charge.