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UPDATE: Police charge suspects with the murder of JUTC driver

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 8:01 PM

The Half-Way Tree Police have charged the two men arrested in connection with the murder of 51-year-old Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus driver, Albert Barnes.

Garfield Walters, 22, and George Ballentine, 28, both of Bedward Gardens, Kingston 7 were charged today following a question and answer session.

It's understood that Walters has confessed to the murder.

Walters and Ballentine are charged with murder, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Walters surrendered to the Yallahs Police in St Thomas on Friday, January 01, while Ballentine was picked up by the police during an operation in August Town, St Andrew on January 04.

The police say a .380 semi-automatic pistol and 24 rounds of ammunition were taken from Ballentine.

Barnes was driving a JUTC bus along Bedward Crescent, Kingston 7 on December 29 when explosions were heard. 

He was later found with a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to hospital where he died while being treated.

Walters and Ballentine are scheduled to appear before the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court on Monday, January 11.

The Police High Command has commended the investigators for the speedy and professional manner in which they carried out the investigations to bring these men to justice.