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Chad on trial for fatal chopping death in November 2019

Murder accused Chad David – now on trial for the death of Marvin Francis

A 12-member jury was empaneled on Monday as yet another murder trial gets on the way at the St. George’s No. 1 High Court involving a 20-year-old man charged in connection with a fatal chopping incident in November 2019, that resulted in the death of his 34-year-old cousin, Marvin Francis in the north-western village of Duquense, St. Mark.

Chad David was 17 years old when he reportedly inflicted several chop wounds, including one to the neck of Francis during an incident, which occurred in the presence of his mother and stepfather, in an area known as ‘Cowhill’ following an altercation between the two (2) over an undisclosed sum of money.

The murder victim’s hands were reportedly almost chopped off, and his head was almost completely decapitated, along with other serious injuries.

Slapped with an indictable charge of Non-Capital Murder, the now 20-year-old murder accused, accompanied by defense Attorney Jerry Edwin, appeared at the St. George’s No. 1 High Court for the first time on Monday, before Madam Justice Paula Gilford for the start of the trial.

Senior Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Howard Pinnock was on Thursday expected to call the first in 10 witnesses to support the Crown’s case of premeditated murder against the 20-year-old suspect, who is a former student of the St. Mark’s Secondary School.

The murder accused has been described as a “menace to society” by one individual, who told reporters that the incident came as no surprise.

“He dropped out of school. He is a reckless boy, a bandit…he always thieving and very disrespectful. When I heard that he killed someone, it was no surprise to me. That boy bad, bad from day one,” the individual told reporters back in November 2019.

Sources had revealed to THE NEW TODAY that approximately three (3) weeks before the fatal chopping incident, the deceased had lured his accused killer into a house where persons were engaged in gambling, and after the teenager lost his first round, the now deceased encouraged him to borrow money from him with an undertaking to pay him back.

According to one (1) source, the then 17-year-old, who worked as an itinerant labourer had raked up over $350.00 in debt to his deceased cousin, who was described as an “unsavoury character” who is also well-known within the precincts of the Richmond Hill Prison.

However, he did not have the funds to repay the debt when repeatedly called upon and the cousins later clashed which resulted in the fatal incident.

The murder accused, who was reportedly seen by several individuals in the community sharpening the murder weapon “for a long time” on the day of the incident is currently on remand at the Richmond Hill Prison.

He was previously held in custody at the Grand Bacolet Juvenile Centre, where sources say he reportedly displayed “very disruptive” behaviour.

If convicted on the indictable Non-Capital Murder charge the 20-year-old Chad can face a maximum penalty of life behind bars.

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