20-y-o charged with murder of shopkeeper in Westmoreland

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica— The Darliston Police in Westmoreland have charged 20-year-old Justine Barnes, a farmer of Pike district in the parish with the murder of a 55-year-old shopkeeper on Saturday, May 14.

Reports are that about 10:30 pm, the shopkeeper—Madgelyn Clarke—was at her home on Belvedere main road in the parish when she was shot several times to the upper body.

The police were summoned and on their arrival, Clarke was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

During the investigation that followed, Barnes was identified as one of the suspects. On Friday, June 24, he was taken into custody and subsequently charged on Tuesday, June 28, after a question-and-answer session was conducted with him in the presence of his attorney.

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