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Bunny Francis alleged murderers go on trial

Published:Monday | April 28, 2014 | 8:31 AM

The four men accused of the murder of prominent businessman Roderick ‘Bunny’ Francis are slated to go on trial today in the Home Circuit Court.

The accused - Carlos Batista, George Gardner, Sheldon Watson, and Newton Welsh - have been in custody since 2011.

Francis, who operated conch company B&D Trawling Limited was murdered shortly after 10 o’ clock on the morning of June 25, 2011.

Investigators reported that a group of men approached the businessman and shot him while he was leaving his home on Queensway in St Andrew.

He was taken to hospital where he died.

The prosecution says Francis' murder was a contract killing.


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