Trio Wait For Trial Date Over Murder Of Teen


Tribune Staff Reporter


THREE men must wait five more days before they know when they will stand trial concerning the murder of a 16-year-old honour roll student at Government High School.

Jason Petithome, 21, Antonio Brown, 20 and Dwayne Harris Jr, 22, appeared before Justice Bernard Turner in Supreme Court on Friday for a fixture hearing relating to the March 11 killing of Mizilana Beauchamp.

While attorney Terrel Butler appeared for Harris at the expected fixture hearing, there was no legal appearance for the other accused who claim to be represented by the same attorney, Glendon Rolle.

Justice Turner said he would adjourn the fixture hearing to July 22 to verify their claim and resolve the issue of a trial date.

Beauchamp was caught in the crossfire of young men throwing rocks while on a bus on Carmichael Road as she was on her way to school around 8am. A rock struck the tenth grade student on her head and she died of her injuries in an ambulance on the way to hospital.

Her alleged killers were charged with murder under Section 291 (1)(B) of the Penal Code, which does not attract the discretionary death penalty if a conviction is reached at the end of trial.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges when formally arraigned on July 1.

The three defendants are in custody at the Department of Correctional Services.

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