Samuel murder case moved to June 13

POSTED: 05/11/12 1:02 PM

St. Maarten – Both prosecutor mr. Marleen Overmeer, defendant Charles S. and his attorney mr. Cor Merx were ready yesterday afternoon to proceed with the trial about the February 12 fatal shooting of the defendant’s brother Jamal, but Judge mr. Monique Keppels decided in the end that she could not continue because the case file is incomplete.

Charles S. shot his brother in their parental home in Fort Willem in February after an apparent heated argument. The 24-year-old was arrested on the day of the fatal shooting and has been in pretrial detention ever since.

Judge Keppels noted that the DNA-report from the Dutch forensic institute NFI had not been received yet and that a report about the so-called shooting hands (that proves or disproves that someone has fired a gun) was not ready yet either. The judge also wants a report from the Rehabilitation Bureau about the defendant.

“There are several statements in the file. The technical investigation ought to give some direction about these statements,” she said.

After consultation with the public prosecutor, the new trial date was set for June 13 at four o’clock in the afternoon.

mr. Merx then asked the court to end his client’s pretrial detention, saying that there is no reason to hold him any longer and that there is no flight-danger. “He will remain available for the investigation and the trial.”

Prosecutor Overmeer objected, and Judge Keppels concurred that there are serious objection. “The interest of the society outweighs the personal interest of the defendant,” she ruled.

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