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Fatal Stabbing Trial To Begin

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN is expected to stand trial today for murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of his former girlfriend on a beach in southwestern New Providence.

A 12-member jury was empanelled yesterday to hear evidence Crown prosecutors believe points to 27-year-old Douglas Pratt as the culprit behind the November 22, 2010, murder of 22-year-old Shande Cartwright, the country’s 86th murder victim for that year.

On the night in question, Cartwright, who was a client service representative at the Royal Bank of Canada, was found dead at Adelaide Beach with multiple stab wounds in her body.

Pratt, the father of Cartwright’s children, was arraigned four days later in connection the incident.

Pratt of Yamacraw Estates has denied the murder charge he faces and has retained lawyer Murrio Ducille to defend him.

Sandradee Gardiner and Algernon Allen II are prosecuting the case.

Senior Justice Jon Isaacs is the presiding over the case which begins today at 10am.

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