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Kerion Chitan to stand trial for non-capital murder

Four years after 16-year old Lenisha Stanford was shot to death, her alleged killer will go before a jury of his peers to determine his fate.

The Kerion Chitan non-Capital murder trial is scheduled to commence at the St. George’s No.1 High Court before Madam Justice Paula Gilford on June 11.

The matter is being prosecuted by Senior Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Howard Pinnock, who has a list of several witnesses to provide evidence to support the case against the murder accused.

Chitan, a farmer by profession, was 30-years old when he was arrested and charged with the indictable offence in connection with the January 2012 shooting death of the secondary school girl at his home in Carriere, St. Andrew.

Stafford, who resided at Hermitage, St. Patrick with her mother, was allegedly involved in a love affair with her accused killer.

The 16-year old was the captain of the Netball Team at Mac Donald College in Marli, St. Patrick and reportedly died after being shot in the forehead.

Her tragic death sent shock waves throughout the island as many persons struggled to come to terms with the shooting of a schoolgirl.

THE NEW TODAY understands that Chitan, who was not represented by legal counsel in the occasion of his first court appearance, has since retained the services of Attorney Francis Alexis, KC to assist him in the trial, which comes four years after the teenager was shot to death.

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He has been on remand at the Richmond Hill Prison since his arrest in January 2020.

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