By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
KOFHE Goodman denied murdering 11-year-old Marco Archer when he was formally arraigned in court yesterday in connection with one of the country’s most high-profile murder cases.
Dressed in a shirt and jeans, Goodman, 37, appeared before the Supreme Court yesterday afternoon - nearly 14 months after the remains of Marco Archer were found in bushes, on September 28, 2011.
“How do you plead?” Senior Justice Jon Isaacs asked Goodman.
To the charge of the murder of Marco Archer, Goodman said: “Not guilty.”
It was claimed that between Friday, September 23, 2011 and Wednesday, September 28, 2011, Goodman intentionally and unlawfully caused the death of the 11-year-old boy of Brougham Street.
Marco’s sister, Tancia Humes, and Operation Save Our Little Darlings organiser Christine Stubbs sat in court as Marco’s murder-accused denied the charge.
Marco, a sixth grade student of Columbus Primary School, had gone to a nearby store to buy sweets with the change from the few items he had first picked up for his mother from the store between 4pm and 6pm on September 23.
His body was discovered on September 28 in bushes behind an apartment in Cable Beach five days after he went missing.
Goodman was charged in connection with the murder two months later, on November 24.
Yesterday Goodman was told that he would stand trial on April 8, 2013.
Goodman appears for a status hearing on November 23, and was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison until the end of his trial.