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Marco Suspect To Enter Plea

By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net THE man accused of killing 11-year-old Marco Archer will be arraigned in the Supreme Court today to receive a date for his trial. Kofhe Edwardo Goodman, 36, will appear before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs to enter a plea to the charge of murder. He was not required to enter a plea when he was arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell last November. It is alleged that Goodman, between Friday, September 23, and Wednesday, September 28, caused the death of Marco Archer. The little boy's body was found in bushes behind an apartment complex on Yorkshire Street on September 28, five days after he was reported missing. The accused, alias Elvardo Ferguson, last appeared in the Supreme Court on February 10 where Vinette Graham-Allen, director of public prosecutions, represented the Crown for the arraignment. Defence attorney Geoffrey Farquharson was absent. There was confusion between the court and prosecution concerning the official arraignment date, which Goodman said was March 9, the date Mr Farquharson was told to appear for court. Justice Isaacs, after verification, said the court would take responsibility for the error and adjourned the matter to March 9. If Goodman pleads not guilty, he will be given a chance to give an alibi to the court immediately, or to the Attorney General's office within 21 days. He also has the right remain silent.

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