By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Crown will be ready to proceed with the murder trial of businessman Kurt McCartney, a judge was told yesterday.
In a status hearing before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs, Kenda Kelly – of the Office of the Attorney General – informed the judge that the Crown would be ready to proceed with trial against Lyndera Curry, 21, Sumya Ingraham, 26, Thorne Edwards, 23, and Okell Farrington, 31, for the October 24, 2013 murder.
Along with murder, the four are also charged with armed robbery. It is claimed that while armed with a handgun, they robbed Mr McCartney of his 2007 Hummer vehicle, valued at $37,000.
The victim, the brother of Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney, was shot and killed in Gambier Village two years ago. Police discovered his Hummer a few hours after his death, east of Traveller’s Rest restaurant.
At their arraignment in 2013, the accused were not required to enter a plea to either of the charges. They were remanded in custody.
A fifth person, 42-year-old Terry Delancy, the owner of Virgo Car Rental, was charged with being an accessory after the fact. He is accused of enabling Curry, Ingraham, Edwards and Farrington to avoid due process of the law. He pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment.
He was granted $15,000 bail with one surety and ordered to wear an electronic ankle bracelet.
In another matter before Senior Justice Isaacs yesterday, the expected trial of 32-year-old Keno Evans for armed robbery was adjourned to September 7 due absence of Crown and defence counsel for the matter.
Evans is facing charges of armed robbery, causing harm and possession of an unlicensed firearm in the November 21, 2014 accosting of Ruby Roker, wife of former Immigration Minister Loftus Roker.