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Jury Is Empanelled For Election Night Murder Trial

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A JURY was empanelled yesterday in the Supreme Court for the trial of a man accused of being involved in one of two May 7, 2012 election night murders.

However, the trial of 22-year-old Jeffery Hepburn will not begin until tomorrow as the matter was adjourned.

There was confusion as to whether Hepburn’s trial had been set for yesterday’s date, as neither the Crown nor the accused’s lawyer had been aware of the matter.

However, Justice Vera Watkins’ court records reflected that a status hearing was held last December where April 4, 2016 was the date affirmed for trial.

The Crown representative at the time had reportedly neglected to relay the same information to prosecutor colleagues.

As a result, the case will not start until Wednesday.

The accused has denied the murder charge he faces concerning the death of 42-year-old Bridgette Williams.

Around 11 o’clock that night, near Dunmore Avenue and Baillou Hill Road, Williams was repeatedly shot and then rolled over by a car following an argument that took place between the occupants of a Honda Inspire vehicle and a relative of the victim.

Hepburn is represented by Tai Pinder. Maria Zancolla is prosecuting the case.

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