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Bail Bond Is Reduced Again In Delayed Attempted Murder Trial

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN granted $15,000 bail because his attempted murder trial did not commence last year had his bond reduced again because of a second delay.

The second delay for Kevin Brown is due to an ongoing trial before Justice Carolita Bethell and not the absence of witnesses in the matter stemming from the near-killing of Cordero Smith on August 12, 2012.

Last October, Brown was granted $15,000 bail by Justice Bethell after his trial did not start because key witnesses did not show up.

However, as a condition for his bail, Brown was fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet in addition to having two suretors and reporting conditions.

Only three of 13 prosecution witnesses appeared for the proceedings yesterday. Among those missing was the alleged victim.

The issue raised by the prosecution at the time was that in addition two a civilian witness changing addresses, one of the police witnesses was stationed in Harbour Island, one officer was running late and two other officers, including the investigator, could not be found.

On Monday, Brown was scheduled to stand trial but due to an ongoing matter, the judge reduced his bond to $9,500, which would Brown to produce job letters.

Brown is now scheduled to stand trial on August 25 and the Crown must be prepared to proceed.

He is defended by Krysta Mason-Smith. Kevin Farrington appeared for the Crown.

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