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DPP drops case against Kentucky Kid murder accused

Published:Wednesday | October 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The three cops and two civilians charged with the murder of entertainer Robert 'Kentucky Kid' Hill have been freed.

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn yesterday told the Home Circuit Court that it would be impossible to mount a viable case against Corporal Uriel Anderson and Constables Gary Thomas and Norval Warren and the two civilians, Marvia Morgan and Donovan Brown.

She said the Crown was not in a position to contradict the policemen's account that they acted in self-defence.

The DPP also stated that there are no witnesses of fact or any other material which could support a charge of murder or conspiracy to murder.

She said while her office was sensitive to the sentiments of the public, the prosecution has to act in a professional manner and not be influenced by prejudice or sympathy.

Presiding judge Justice Carol Lawrence Beswick then directed the jurors to return a formal verdict of not guilty.

Hill was reportedly killed after three policemen were dispatched by a senior officer to retrieve an illegal firearm from him at Ivy Green Mews on December 8, 2009.

Following a probe into the incident, the DPP had ruled that no one should be criminally charged and referred the matter to the Coroner's Court for an inquest to be carried out into the circumstances surrounding Hill's death.

In August, a coroner's jury ruled that all five accused be charged with Hill's murder.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com