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Bail denied for four accused in 'Bunny' Francis' murder case

Published:Friday | May 31, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Prosecutors today were successful in preventing four men charged with the murder of 66-year-old businessman Roderick 'Bunny' Francis from getting bail.

Justice Carol Edwards denied bail after the Crown outlined the seriousness of the offences against the men.

A trial date has been set for September 16.

It is also understood that a prosecutor in the case and the chief investigator have received death threats.

The case has failed to start after several attempts because the main witness was off the island.

The accused men are 42-year-old Carlos Batista, 27-year-old George Gardener, 36-year-old Sheldon Watson and Newton Welsh.

Francis, was shot and killed while leaving his house on Queensway Drive in St Andrew in June 2011.

The Crown is alleging that Francis' murder was a contract killing.

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