Shortage of jurors stalls murder trial

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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A shortage of jurors in the Home Circuit Court on Monday resulted in a postponement of the trial of four persons charged with murder in relation to the 2005 death of Jamaica AIDS Support employee Steve Harvey.

Only two jurors were selected from the pool of 33. The pool was not sufficient due to the fact that all four defendants have a right to challenge seven jurors. The prosecution has the same number of challenges.

Seventy-eight would be the ideal number of jurors in the pool for a trial with this number of defendants.

Andre West, Dwayne Owen, Chevaughn Gibson, and Ryan Wilson are now to be tried on July 7. Thirty-year-old Harvey was abducted from his Kingston 20 home by gunmen, and
was later found dead on Pinewood Terrace on Wednesday, November 30, 2005.

Harvey's ATM card and other items were taken. His stolen motor car was found parked at the football field
at Markland Avenue in Grant's Pen, St Andrew. Clothes, suitcases, jewellery, cellphones, and watches belonging to the victim were also recovered.

The accused are from an area called Vietnam in Grant's Pen, a tough inner-city community.

This is not the only murder charge for West. He and another man, Lynford Allen, are charged with murder in relation to the death of financial analyst Jamie Lue in 2005. That matter will also be mentioned on July 7.

Lue, 25, a financial analyst at Alliance Capital Limited, was in December 2005 abducted in the Constant Spring area, robbed and killed while on his way to meet his girlfriend.

The body of the Orange Grove, Stony Hill resident was found in the back of his Honda CR-V along Mayfair Avenue at the foot of Beverley Hills, on December 31, 2005.

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