Jamaicans facing death penalty in California set for pre-trial hearing Friday
Omar 'Milla 9' Miller and Andre Andrews are seen in booking photos released January 23, 2020, by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

A former Jamaican cop-turned-dancehall producer and two other men are set for a pre-trial hearing in California on Friday in relation to a 2019 home invasion robbery and murder in Irvine, California.

The jury trial within the matter will start on October 6 within the Orange County Superior Court docket, according to California court records.

The former cop, Omar 'Milla 9' Miller, 44, and another Jamaican, Andre Andrews, 37, are charged together with 36-year-old Devon Quinland.

Miller was freed of a murder charge in Jamaica over a decade ago. The ex-cop and his co-accused could face the death penalty according to California state laws, since the murder occurred during the commission of a burglary.

Miller and Andrews are charged with nine comparable counts that embody homicide, theft, housebreaking, and firearm-related offenses. They’ve both been remanded.

Quinland is out on bail. He’s charged with conspiracy after it was alleged that he was the driving force and planner.

Allegations are that Andrews and Miller shot and killed 20-year-old businessman Raymond Alcala during a house invasion. The incident was captured on CCTV at a home in Irvine, California, United States in 2019.

The accused men were arrested in Florida two months after the killing and extradited to California. They’ve been in custody since January 2020.

According to the Orange County District Attorney (DA), Miller 9 and Andrews could be eligible for the death penalty if convicted on all the charges. But, executions in California state have been halted since 2006.

Milla 9 is a former producer of incarcerated dancehall artist Vybz Karte but their relationship ended on a sour note. When Milla9 was first arrested in 2020, Kartel engaged in a bit of jeering and one-upmanship in a series of Instagram Story posts.

“All you Milla9, weh a tell mon bout Kartel fi stay a prison… now death sentence ya face,” the post said.

Kartel’s account declared that Milla 9 was a target of his Run Dancehall track that he released last year.

“Caught pon di camera, di crime tape play/F-cking ediat, yuh do it inna USA,” the post said.

Then Kartel admitted that he was not rejoicing at Milla 9’s downfall with the declaration that: “an me still na rejoice, cause me no need system fi hurt my enimi. Mi capable & tuff enough fi hurt dem me self.”

The two were friends during the height of the Gaza-Gully feud, with Milla 9 producing Kartel’s Big Money single on the Bloodline rhythm.

Miller and his co-accused were nabbed in Miramar, Florida by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office on December 17, 2019 on an apparent traffic and misdemeanor charge.

In their first court appearance on December 19, the misdemeanor charge was disposed but probable cause was found to continue detaining both men over the outstanding charges in the Golden State.

Arrest paperwork showed that Milla 9 was additionally placed on an immigration hold after bio-metrics confirmed that he lacked valid immigration status and is removable from the country under US immigration law.

Before he was a prominent dancehall music producer, Miller was a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Along with three other cops, he was charged for the murder of 18-year-old Andre Thomas in St Andrew. The four cops were acquitted after two prosecution witnesses changed their stories and said they did not witness the shooting.

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