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Still no lawyer for one suspect in St James schoolgirl's murder

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 9:48 AM

The two men accused of murdering 15-year-old Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray, were again remanded in police custody when one of them turned up in court without a lawyer.

Gregory Roberts and Mario Morrison appeared in the St James Parish Court, yesterday.

At that time, clerk of the court Reginald England told presiding judge Sandria Wong-Small that a lawyer had not yet been assigned to represent Roberts, although contact had been made with the Legal Aid Clinic before the defendants’ last court appearance on March 15.

Upon hearing England’s explanation, the judge asked that fresh contact be made with the Legal Aid Clinic so the matter of representation for Roberts can be settled.

The court was also told that a number of documents, including the post-mortem report and the Communication Forensic and Cyber-Crime Unit report, were still outstanding from the prosecution’s case-file and would not be ready for another six weeks.

Morrison is being represented by attorney Martyn Thomas.

The men are set to return to court on May 17.

Gray, who is a resident of Mt Salem, in Montego Bay, was found with multiple stab wounds in bushes in the Irwin community, on February 1, three days after she went missing.

She attended the funeral of a former schoolmate, but never returned home.

Following investigations by the St James police, Roberts and Morrison were taken into custody and questioned.

They were subsequently arrested and charged with the murder.