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Third Man Charged In Fox Hill Mass Shooting

A murder suspect broke down in court Monday claiming he had no involvement in last December’s mass shooting in Fox Hill which killed four people and wounded several others.

Justin Williams, 22, now the third man to be arraigned in connection with the December 27, 2013 incident, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt in Court #9.

Williams is charged with four counts of murder, seven counts of attempted murder and an additional charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

During his brief appearance in court yesterday, Williams sobbed as he claimed he had been severely beaten by police.

Eventually, Chief Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt provided him with tissue to wipe away his tears.

Through his weeping, he told the court that officers had kicked down his door last Tuesday and brutalised him.

He claimed he suffered damage to his kidneys after an officer had allegedly kicked him in the stomach. The accused also said that he was kicked in the knee and received cuts to the mouth.

Williams said he was taken to the hospital last Tuesday and again on Friday where he was attended to and prescribed medicine for his injuries.

He also alleged that he had reported to Central Detective Unit (CDU) officers that he had been beaten but his complaints were never addressed.

Last month, 29-year-old Peter Rolle and Jermaine Curry, 25, were also separately arraigned in connection with this matter.

Police believe the men drove up on a group of people gathered on Freedom Park in Fox Hill to listen to Junkanoo results that evening and opened fire on the crowd.

Shaquille Demeritte, Claudincio Davis, Shacay (Shenique) Sands and Eric Morrison were killed during that attack.

Leroy Taylor, Janet Davis, Chino Davis, Jermaine Pratt, John Davis, Benjamin Demeritte and Samuel Ferguson were all injured.

During one of his teary-eyed outbursts, Williams alleged that he was a relative of one of the victim’s, Shaquille Demeritte and insisted that there was no way he “would have killed his own cousin.”

The accused was admonished by the chief magistrate to refrain from calling her “Love” as he addressed her. Williams apologised and asked the court to forgive him.

“I’m not thinking straight,” the accused told the court.

However, despite, the chief magistrate’s cautioning, Williams repeatedly used the term “Love” and at times he used the word “Mum” to address the chief magistrate.

The chief magistrate made note of his allegations and permitted that he see a doctor.

Williams was not required to enter a plea to the charge and was remanded to prison until March 18 when the matter is expected to proceed by Voluntary Bill of Indictment (VBI).

Written by Jones Bahamas

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