By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN AMERICAN woman accused of committing murder said she would submit an alibi to the Office of the Attorney General in 21 days.
Lynette Charlton, 43, appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday for a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI) presentation that would fast track her case to the Supreme Court for trial.
The VBI hearing stemmed from her arraignment in early January before Chief Magistrate Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt concerning the fatal shooting of Wayne Seymour on December 28, 2015.
The chief magistrate explained that the VBI contained the Crown’s case against the accused and would facilitate the transfer of the case from the Magistrate’s Court to the Supreme Court.
The chief magistrate further instructed the accused that she could not offer an alibi at trial if she did not enter one at the VBI presentation or within 21 days to the Office of the Attorney General.
After consulting with her lawyer Mark Rolle, Charlton chose the latter and is now scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court before Justice Bernard Turner on April 22 to receive a date for trial.
She will be allowed to enter a plea to the murder charge at her Supreme Court appearance.
According to initial police reports, the victim and a woman got into an argument in a Chevy truck while on Adelaide Road shortly after 8pm.
Seymour was reportedly shot and was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries shortly after 6 o’clock the following morning.
Charlton was charged with the offence under Section 291 (1)(b) of the Penal Code, Chapter 84, which does not allow the discretionary death penalty in sentencing if a conviction is reached at the end of trial in the Supreme Court.