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Three found guilty of murdering infant and man in Kingston

Published:Wednesday | February 22, 2017 | 2:41 PM

Three men accused of the 2014 Valentine's Day shooting death of a 17-month-old child and another man in McIntyre Villa, east Kingston, have been found guilty of two counts of murder.

Damion Samuels, Maurice Robinson and Alleon Ruddock were convicted after a unanimous verdict in the Home Circuit Court this afternoon.

The conviction falls within the legal definition of capital murder, but prosecutors Kathy Pyke and Steven Smith have told the court that they are not seeking the death penalty.

The three convicts are to be sentenced on March 29.

Prosecutors led evidence that on February 14, 2014 Troy Harvey was walking from a play area in the McIntyre Villa community with his 17-month-old son Trejohn when he saw the three men armed with guns emerge from a lane.

Harvey testified that one of the armed men went to a nearby shop and two stayed where he was standing with his son.

He said after a brief conversation, all three men opened fire and he ran leaving his infant son.

Harvey said he heard his 17-month-old crying and returned to find him with a gunshot wound to the head.

Another man, Damar McKenzie was also killed in the shooting.