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Lawyer says jury that freed alleged gangster demonstrated maturity

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM

 Defence lawyer, Jacqueline Samuels Brown, says a jury yesterday demonstrated maturity in dealing with tough legal issues in arriving at a decision to free alleged gangster Uriel James of a 1999 murder. 

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

Samuels-Brown says the trial was long and the jury had to handle complex legal issues. 

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

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

Although James was told he was free to go, he will remain in custody because he has two other murder cases pending before the court.

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