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Murder Suspect Asks To Have Ankle Bracelet Removed

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN awaiting trial in the Supreme Court on murder and attempted murder charges has applied to a judge for a variation of his current bail conditions.

Duran Neely, of Avocado Street, Pinewood Gardens, appeared before Justice Bernard Turner seeking to have an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet removed due to the constant harassment by police.

Neely is accused of the January 1, 2014, attempted murder of Jason Clarke and his friend, Michael Preval, in Pinewood Gardens.

That night, the deceased and Preval were sitting in front of an apartment complex on Buttonwood Avenue when the occupants of a vehicle pulled up and fired several shots at them before speeding off.

Clarke received multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene while Preval was taken to hospital and treated for a leg wound.

Prosecutors allege that Neely made another attempt on Preval’s life on April 17, 2014.

Neely made his initial appearance before a magistrate on the charges on May 13, 2014, and was remanded to prison because the court did not have the jurisdiction to grant bail.

Justice Turner granted him $20,000 bail in the Supreme Court four months later where the monitoring device was imposed as a condition.

Neely and his lawyer, Jomo Campbell, are now seeking to have the device removed notwithstanding the accused’s approaching trial date of August 15.

The hearing was adjourned to May 4 to allow the Crown sufficient time to respond to the contents of Neely’s late filed affidavit.

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