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Three Charged With Murder

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

THREE men, including a 19-year-old, were charged with murder in the Freeport Magistrate Court on Tuesday.

Garvin Major, 23, of No 70 Wisteria Avenue; Evin Thompson, 20, of No 15 Flamingo Lane; and Andero Smith, 19, of East Settler’s Way, appeared in Court One before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson.

Family members of the accused men packed the upstairs courtroom for the arraignment.

Major and Thompson were represented by attorney Simone Brown, however, Smith was not represented by counsel.

The men were shackled and handcuffed together.

It is alleged that on January 7, the three men, on their own or being concerned together, intentionally caused the death of Kevin Harvey by unlawful harm.

Harvey, 28, was reportedly involved in a fight with a group of men at the Coral Gardens Apartment complex when he was stabbed. He was taken to hospital and died on January 8. His death marked the first murder on Grand Bahama this year.

Because murder is an indictable offence, the accused men were not required to enter a plea. A preliminary inquiry will be held to determine if there is sufficient evidence for them to stand trial in the Supreme Court for murder.

Magistrate Ferguson informed the men that a Voluntary Bill of Indictment may be served on them in the future which will allow the matter to proceed directly to the Supreme Court for trial.

Smith, who wanted to explain something to magistrate concerning the altercation, was cautioned and advised by Magistrate Ferguson not to speak about the details of what took place on the date in question.

On the issue of bail, she informed the accused that the court was unable to grant bail for a charge of murder, but that they could apply for bail to the Supreme Court.

She adjourned the matter and remanded the men to the Department of Correctional Services until March 4.

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