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Jury frees alleged gangster 'Rooksie' of murder

Published:Monday | July 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A jury has just freed alleged Kingston gang leader, Uriel James, of the 1999 murder of security guard, Errol McGeachy.

The 12-member jury returned the 9-3 not guilty verdict after more than five hours of deliberation.

Trial judge, Bertram Morrison, told James he was free to go.

However, James will remain in custody because he has two other murder cases pending before the court.

James, popularly known as Rooksie, had given an unsworn statement denying any involvement in the beating death of McGeachy.

James is the reputed gang leader of the Rose Town-based Discipline Gang in Kingston.

The trial started in the Home Circuit Court on June 18 after the court accepted a statement given by the main witness who has died.

James is represented by Queen’s Counsel, Jacqueline Samuels Brown and attorneys-at-law, Patrick Bailey and Linda Wright.

Attorney-at-law, Kathy Pike led the case for the Crown.