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Accused takes on new lawyer in triple murder

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 6:00 AMBarbara Gayle

A prisoner who is facing nine counts of murder, three of which were orchestrated from behind bars, appeared in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

He is 42-year-old Michael McLean, who has been in custody since 2006 awaiting trial for the murder of six members of a family, including four children, in Duhaney Pen, St Thomas.

McLean is charged jointly with Melville McIntosh, Sashkia Sammon, and Brenda Shaw for the triple murder which he allegedly planned while in custody.

Needed time for discussions

When the four appeared in court yesterday, McLean told the court that he had a new lawyer and needed time to have discussions.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert put off the case for mention until July 1.

Allegations are that in 2010, McLean ordered the killing of Constable Otis Barrett, who was shot and killed in Linstead, St Catherine, on September 19, 2010.

Barrett was attached to the Mobile Reserve.

On October 25, 2010, Evian Marsden and Michelle Fisher, who were of a Western Park address in Clarendon, were found dead on Pennant Terrace, off Red Hills Road in St Andrew. They were killed execution style. The police reported that their murders were linked to the policeman's murder.

Cell phone evidence

It is further alleged that the police used a cell phone found in McLean's possession at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre to link him to the triple murder.

McLean has had several trial dates for the 2006 murders, but his case had to be put off each time because he has been constantly changing lawyers. He is now being represented by attorney-at-law Tamika Harris.

He is charged with the murders of 42-year-old businesswoman Terry-Ann Mohammed; 27-year-old clerk Farika Martin-McCool; nine-year-old Jessie Ogilvie; eight-year-old Sean Chin; six-year-old Jhaid McCool; and three-year-old Lloyd McCool.

The six were stabbed to death and in some cases the throats were slashed.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com