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Murder Appeal In Eight Weeks

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN contesting his conviction for murder will have his appeal heard in eight weeks.

Rolin Alexis, 26, appeared in the Court of Appeal for a status hearing concerning his challenge to a jury’s verdict concerning the murder of Deslin Nichols in July 2011.

His appointed lawyer, public defender Stanley Rolle, confirmed to Justices Jon Isaacs, Stella Crane-Scott and Roy Jones that he was ready to proceed with the matter and only a date needed to be fixed.

The substantive appeal hearing was adjourned to July 6.

Nichols was shot multiple times as he sat in his vehicle at Florida Court, off Balfour Avenue.

Alexis was convicted by a Supreme Court jury in May 2015 and two months later, Justice Bernard Turner sentenced him to 45 years at the Department of Correctional Services.

However, Justice Turner shortened Alexis’ sentence to 42 years and eight months after taking into consideration the time Alexis had spent in custody, which was some 28 months.

Justice Turner also took into account Alexis being a “young man” with a “clean criminal history” before the incident in question and “being gainfully employed”.

Cordell Frazier appeared for the Crown in yesterday’s appellate hearing.

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