Jury To Return To Supreme Court For Triple Murder Trial


Tribune Staff Reporter


A JURY returns to the Supreme Court today for the expected start of a trial for two men accused of committing a triple murder in which one of their alleged victims was pregnant.

The 12-member panel sworn to hear evidence in the case of Shawn Knowles, 43, and Timothy Saunders, 36, were excused from court for two weeks by Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs until the conclusion of extensive legal discussions between Crown and lawyers for the accused.

They returned to court yesterday but the judge said the discussions were not yet concluded. They were then asked to return today.

It is alleged that on July 30, 2011, the men entered the victims’ Montgomery Avenue apartment that afternoon and fatally shot Edward Braynen, Chackara Rahming and Erica Ward, who was eight months pregnant at the time.

However, they were not charged with the death of the unborn baby because the foetus under Bahamian law is not considered a person.

Knowles and Saunders are respectively represented by Romona Farquharson-Seymour and Lennox Coleby.

Cordell Frazier and Randolph Dames are prosecuting the case.

Both men have denied the charges.

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