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Juror shortage stalls murder trial of men in custody since 2009

Published:Monday | February 2, 2015 | 2:54 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The murder trial of six men, who have been in custody since 2009, had to be put off today because of insufficient jurors.




Only 30 jurors were in attendance.



Senior Puisne Judge, Gloria Smith says at least 96 jurors are needed to start the case.



She says this is the case as the accused are entitled to a total of 42 challenges in addition to the 42 challenges the prosecution is entitled to.



Justice Smith also says there needs to be an additional 12 jurors to try the case.



She has put off the case until Wednesday in the hopes more jurors will attend court.



The case has been on the court list since 2009.



The court has been having a longstanding problem with finding jurors to try multiple murder accused cases.



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