By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN, alleged to be the culprit behind a fatal shooting last weekend, was taken to the Magistrate’s Court yesterday to face a murder charge.
However, 37-year-old Jason Williams, who was being escorted into the Nassau and South Streets Court complex to stand trial before Chief Magistrate Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt, shouted out that he was innocent.
“They don’t care who they pick up! I’m an innocent man!” Williams shouted, as he was flanked by police officers.
Williams is alleged to have caused the death of Darius Miller on March 16.
On the morning in question, Miller was killed as he sat in his Nissan Sunny vehicle outside a home at East Storr Court, Yellow Elder Gardens.
Police reports note that around 1:30am on Sunday, a suspect armed with a shotgun approached the vehicle and shot the victim in his face and side before fleeing the scene on foot. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene.
Williams was not required to enter a plea to the charge.
Chief Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt told the accused his case would be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court for trial through a Voluntary Bill of Indictment (VBI).
The presentation is scheduled for June 3, which is Williams’ next Magistrate’s Court appearance. In the meantime, he will be remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.
“You have anything you wish to say?” the chief magistrate asked the accused, who was not represented by counsel.
“Can you remand me to the remand centre?” Williams asked.
The chief magistrate explained that this was not in her authority to do so, but that of the Superintendent of Prisons.