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Murder suspects appear in court

Two of the murder suspects from the north-east who appeared in court today

Three residents from St. George’s North-east appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate, Teddy St. Louis today charged with the April 1 murder of Kimron Charles, alias “Greenman” of Beaulieu, St. George.

The suspects – Ren Persue, 47, Plumber and Josh Cooper, 32, Mechanic, both of Boca along with Kevon Ventour, 38, Plumber of Beaulieu – appeared at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court jointly charged with Non-Capital Murder.

Charles’ body was discovered lying in a pool of blood with multiple gunshot wounds at a by-road at Boca.

Angry residents had initially accused the police for the execution of the deceased as the incident happened during the curfew hours imposed by the State in the fight against the coronavirus.

A man with a hood on his face circulated a video on Social Media hours after the killing threatening reprisals against the Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, and the police force for the shooting death of Charles.

Ventour and Cooper were picked up by police investigators shortly after the killing but were released due to a lack of evidence.

However, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Kenneth Gill said the lawmen now have additional evidence that has allowed the police to make formal arrests and file charges this week.

“Due to further evidence we were able to initiate the arrests. The investigation was always on-going,” he added.

ASP Gill did not elaborate on the nature of the new evidence obtained by the police.

The weapon used in the killing has not been found by the police.

The murder of Charles is believed to be related to gambling activity in Boca.

All three suspects were remanded to the Richmond Hill prison and will reappear in Court on September 10.

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