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Murder Suspect Chooses To Remain Behind Bars

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN awaiting trial for a murder that occurred nearly four years ago has opted to remain behind bars until the completion of his trial.

Brinton Thompson, 26, of Culmer’s Alley appeared before Court of Appeal Justices Anita Allen, Neville Adderley and Jon Isaacs for what was expected to be a hearing for bail ahead of his trial concerning the November 12, 2011, death of Randino Pratt.

Though Thompson claimed to be represented by counsel, there was no lawyer present for yesterday’s proceeding and he spoke on his own behalf.

“I want to withdraw the bail application,” he told the judges, providing no reason for the change in his decision.

The appellate court, as a result, dismissed his appeal against the decision of Supreme Court judge Justice Roy Jones to deny him a bond.

Thompson, when initially arraigned in Magistrates Court in October 2013, claimed he was led by Central Detective Unit (CDU) officers to believe that just as he had given a statement in November 2011 regarding the matter in question and was released, the same would happen again.

Pratt, a resident of Fox Hill, was gunned downed outside a bar in Kemp Road.

The victim was shot multiple times during an argument with another man at the Corner Pocket Bar on St James Road, according to police.

He died on the scene.

Pratt was facing a murder charge for the 2001 killing of Kirk “Tank Dog” Ferguson. He was charged with Deslin Nichols, 28, who was also killed in 2011.

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