By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A WOMAN awaiting trial for the murder of a web shop employee in Long Island was denied bail in the Supreme Court yesterday.
Daphne Knowles, of Cartwright’s, Long Island, is scheduled to stand trial before Justice Bernard Turner in May concerning the November 2014 accosting and death of Andrea Carroll.
She had applied for bail a week ago, but Justice Turner yesterday ruled that there was no unreasonable delay in her case as she was merely four months away from standing trial.
Knowles remains on remand at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.
Knowles is claimed to have intentionally caused the death of Andrea Carroll between November 28 and 29, 2014. Ms Carroll was found lifeless with a head injury and her hands and feet bound.
It is further alleged that Knowles conspired with others, for some 58 days, to commit the offence of robbery and actually robbed Carroll of $68,000, which belonged to Bowe’s Web Games Ltd.
She pleaded not guilty when formally arraigned last May on charges of murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
She could face the death penalty if convicted at trial.
In 2011, after a ruling from the London-based Privy Council, the Ingraham administration amended the death penalty law to specify the “worst of the worst” murders that would warrant execution.
Under the amended law, a person who kills a police or defence force officer, member of the Departments of Customs or Immigration, judiciary or prison services would be eligible for a death sentence. A person would also be eligible for death once convicted of murdering someone during a rape, robbery, kidnapping or act of terrorism.