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Three cops, two civilians to be charged with 'Kentucky Kid' killing

Published:Wednesday | August 13, 2014 | 7:21 PM

Human rights lobby group, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) says it is pleased with the verdict of the Coroner’s jury that five people be charged in connection with the death of Robert Hill also known as 'Kentucky Kid'.

The Coroner’s jury yesterday ruled that Special Corporal Uriel Anderson, Constable Gary Thomas and Special Constable Norval Warren be charged with murder.

The jury also ruled that civilians, Marvia Morgan and Donovan Brown, also be charged.

The case will now proceed to the Circuit Court for trial.

Hill was killed at his home on December 9, 2009 by the police.

The police claimed that Hill was killed in a shoot-out with them when they went in search of him at his home.

However before his death, Hill made several complaints to a number of bodies including the Police Public Complaints Authority concerning incidents between himself and the police, expressing fear for his life and the safety of his family.

He also released a number of videos online detailing his allegations of abuse at the hands of the police.

JFJ Director, Rodje Malcolm, says the human rights group is heartened by the work done by the Independent Commission of Investigations on the case.

However, Malcolm says it took the State almost five years to charge persons in relation to Hill’s Death.

He is now calling for a thorough and expeditious prosecution of the matter.

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