Nedburn Thaffe, Gleaner Writer
Head of the infamous Dog Paw gang, Christopher 'Dog Paw' Linton, is scheduled to make his first court appearance in the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court today.
Linton, who was arrested on January 24 during a massive police operation in the St Andrew communities of Kintyre and Elletson Flats, is expected to answer to a string of charges laid against him last week after he was interviewed by detectives.
The charges Linton is to answer to are: three counts of murder; three counts of shooting with intent; two counts of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition; one count of wounding with intent; and one count of arson.
Last year, the police named the 24-year-old Linton one of the country's most-wanted criminals following allegations of extortion and that he was the mastermind behind a number of murders and shootings in the August Town community. In December, a $250,000 bounty was offered by the police for information leading to his arrest and charge as the police stepped up their hunt for the then fugitive.
Later that same month, detectives linked Linton to a deadly predawn attacked in a section of Bedward Gardens known as Alley Four, where three persons, including a six-year-old boy, were shot and killed. Their house was also set ablaze. The police believe the three were murdered after a gang of 30 men, led by Linton, invaded their home and opened fire, killing them as they slept in their beds.