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New date set for men in ‘Bunny’ Francis murder trial

Published:Monday | April 28, 2014 | 12:05 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The murder trial of the four men charged with killing of prominent Kingston businessman, Roderick ‘Bunny’ Francis, this morning failed to start in the Home Circuit Court.

The matter could not start because one of the accused, Carlos Batista, has changed his attorney and his new lawyer wants more time to get familiar with the case.

The matter has now been set for trial on September 29.

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

Bunny 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.

The prosecution says Francis' murder was a contract killing.


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