By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN accused of murdering his mother appeared in the Supreme Court for a status hearing yesterday.
Jerome Butler, 57, is scheduled to be tried before Justice Indra Charles on January 16, 2017 for the death of 81-year-old Princess Butler.
The victim was found dead in her home at Petersfield Road in Highbury Park shortly after 8am on February 4, 2015.
An autopsy revealed that she died of asphyxia, which resulted in police launching an investigation.
Her son, Jerome, was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court 12 days later in connection with the death.
He pleaded not guilty to murder when formally arraigned in the Supreme Court three months later.
Yesterday’s status hearing before Justice Charles concerned whether the trial will proceed on the fixed date and the judge confirmed that she will be able to hear the matter.
Butler’s lawyer, Ian Cargill, was not present, however, and a further status hearing was set for Tuesday, December 20.
Darnell Dorsett and Patrick Sweeting appeared for the Crown.