By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN awaiting trial in connection with a fatal nightclub shooting was granted bail in the Supreme Court yesterday.
Billy Johnson, 40, and his lawyer Jomo Campbell appeared before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs arguing that the accused should be released from the state’s custody while he waits for his case to be transferred to the Supreme Court.
Johnson and 21-year-old Anfernee Jenoure are accused of accessory after the fact to murder stemming from the June 25 killing of Rozario Palacious at Club Crazy Moon.
According to initial reports, police received a call shortly before 7am about a body of a man lying in the parking lot near a nightclub on Elizabeth Avenue.
Officials have said that they believe the body had been there for two to three hours.
Ice Davis, 23, is charged with the actual killing.
It is alleged that subsequent to Davis murdering Palacious, Johnson and Jenoure - knowing that Davis committed the offence - helped him avoid the due process of the law.
Davis, Johnson and Jenoure will not be allowed to enter a plea for their respective charges until they are formally arraigned before a judge in the Supreme Court.
Since their arraignments in June, Davis and Jenoure have been granted bail in the Supreme Court.
Johnson’s bail application was heard yesterday where Mr Campbell argued that the prosecution’s case against his client was weak.
Basil Cumberbatch opposed the application for the Crown, disagreeing with Mr Campbell’s position. Senior Justice Isaacs granted Johnson $9,000 bail.
Johnson is scheduled to return to Magistrate’s Court today for the presentation of a voluntary bill of indictment which would fast track the matter to the higher court.