By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A TEENAGE girl found herself in Magistrates Court yesterday accused of having a hand in the murder of a 45-year-old resident of an Eastern suburb, the country’s 18th homicide for the year.
Bethany Rigby, a 19-year-old of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell facing charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and murder.
It is claimed that she committed these crimes on Friday, March 15, against 45-year-old Hillary Cargill.
The victim and a female companion were leaving the residence when they were approached by three men who forced them back into the home where they searched the property, but found nothing.
The men had come from a “silver type vehicle”, said police.
As they were fleeing the home, one of the men fired a shot into the victim’s chest.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Rigby was not required to enter a plea to these indictable offences.
She was told that her case would be fast tracked to the Supreme Court for trial through a Voluntary Bill of Indictment.
The Bill is scheduled to be served on May 21 of this year.
Rigby was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison until the trial has been completed.
• Following this arraignment, 24-year-old Zhivargo Saunders, of Kennedy Subdivision, was arraigned on a murder charge in connection with the January 29 death of Dustin Culmer, the country’s ninth homicide for the year.
On the night in question, 23-year-old Culmer was chased into Kennedy Subdivision before he was shot multiple times in the upper body, dying in front of a house off Zinna Street.
Saunders was not required to enter a plea to the charge and was told that he also would be served with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment (VBI) on May 21 to have his case forwarded to the Supreme Court.
He has retained lawyer Philip Hilton to defend him.
In the final of three arraignments, 44-year-old Franklyn was charged with the March 11 attempted murder of Leonardo Rolle.
He is scheduled to be served with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment on May 21 and was also remanded to prison until the trial has been completed.