Man accused of trying to kill his family facing murder, shooting with intent charges

BY KIMONE FRANCIS
Observer staff reporter
francisk@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

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DEMARCO Lawrence, the man who has been accused of attempting to kill members of his family, has been charged in relation to the death of a family friend, the police have said.

Lawrence, a 25-year-old farmer of Ricketts River, Frome, has also been charged with shooting with intent.

The police, in a statistics sheet sent to the Jamaica Observer, said that Lawrence shot Marcus Tucker in the mouth and left side of his body after Tucker responded to a knock on the door to Lawrence's parents' house in Westmoreland on May 25 approximately 7:20 pm.

The information from the police also said that Lawrence was wearing a mask at the time he carried out the attack. He then pursued another member of his family, but was overpowered by his sister. The police report that during the tussle the mask worn by Lawrence was removed and he was recognised by his family members.

Tucker later died at hospital.

In a Television Jamaica report on May 9, Lawrence's sister gave an account of the incident, which left her family stunned.

“Everybody was at home in the hall area and my little brother said that he heard a sound [outside]. Marcus, that's the guy who got shot, opened the door and seh 'What dat; who dat?' [At] that time the gunman shoot him in his mouth.

“Mi run back inna mi room and tell mi girlfriend seh Demar a kill mommy and daddy. Mi grab mi fan, run go in there (parents' room) and throw it at him. Right after the fan there was me; Mi jump at him and start wrestle wid him and start grab on to the hand weh him have di gun inna. Wi wrestle down to di floor and then he overpower mi and put di gun a mi head. Mi lean and him fire a shot.

“He started biting me in my back, and I bite on to the [hand] that he had di gun in. I bite him and wi deh deh a fight until mi finally just tek di gun outta him hand. Me and daddy just tek it outta him hand and him step back a little and then run off,” the sister said in the report.

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