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Man Accused Of Murder Granted Bail Ahead Of Retrial

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN awaiting retrial on a murder charge was granted bail in the Supreme Court yesterday.

Zhivargo Saunders, 26, appeared before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs for a bail application that was argued by his lawyer Geoffrey Farquharson.

Saunders is alleged to have been the culprit behind the January 29, 2013, death of Dustin Culmer, the country’s ninth homicide for that year.

On the night in question, 23-year-old Culmer was chased into Kennedy Subdivision before he was shot multiple times in the upper body, dying in front of a house off Zinna Street.

Saunders, who denied the allegation when formally arraigned in the Supreme Court, stood trial the following year but a mistrial was declared.

However, a retrial was ordered but a date was never set.

It was on that basis that Saunders and Mr Farquharson sought bail yesterday.

The judge granted the request and gave Saunders a $9,500 bond with suretors and reporting conditions.

Algernon Allen II appeared for the Crown.

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