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Murder case against prisoner, co-accused collapses

Published:Monday | July 3, 2017 | 7:40 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The murder trial of a man charged with orchestrating the execution-style killing of two women from his prison cell has collapsed.

Michael McLean, along with Melville McIntosh, Brenda Shaw and Saskia Sammond, were set to go on trial today for the killing of 18-year-old Mishca Fisher and Avian Marsden off Whitehall in St Andrew in 2010.

However, when the case was called up in the Home Circuit Court lead prosecutor Karen Seymour-Johnson offered no evidence against them.

Seymour-Johnson told presiding judge Martin Gayle that she is in possession of several statements given by three of the accused.

However, she says the "body of evidence" available to her cannot reach the required standard of beyond a reasonable doubt.

"There seem to be some suspicious activities (between the accused persons) but the crown is unable to raise that suspicion any further," Seymour-Johnson explained.

As a result, she said it would not be fair to mount a prosecution against the three accused.

McLean will, however, remain in custody as he is awaiting trial for six counts of murder. 

He is accused of killing six members of a family in St Thomas nearly 11 years ago.

The trial is set to start on October 4.