By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN who denies a murder charge against him will stand trial a year earlier than scheduled.
Richard Brown, 24, appeared before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs yesterday for a status hearing in his case concerning the death of Devano Decosta.
Brown was initially scheduled to stand trial on May 7, 2018. However, an opening in the court’s calendar for May 8, 2017 became available resulting in Brown receiving an earlier date for trial.
Brown is charged with the murder of Decosta and attempted murder of Shavano Rahming.
After 10pm on May 18, Decosta and Rahming were standing in front of a home on Burial Ground Corner when two males with a handgun and shotgun approached and fired several shots at them before fleeing on foot. Decosta was pronounced dead at the scene and Rahming was taken to hospital for treatment.
Brown has denied the allegations against him and has retained attorney Sonia Timothy to represent him.
Terry Archer appeared for the Crown in yesterday’s hearing.