Vesuvius-appeals in NovemberPOSTED: 08/29/13 12:32 PM
St. Maarten – All appeals in the Vesuvius-trial will begin on November 26. The seven defendants will then appear before the Common Court of Justice. The appeal hearings will conclude on November 29, and the court rulings are expected three weeks later.
Yesterday, the Belair Community Center was reserved for a pro forma hearing, but the court could have saved itself the trouble and stayed in the courthouse in Philipsburg. The one hundred chairs for the public remained empty, and the seven defendants remained in the Pointe Blanche prison. Only three attorneys showed up to dot the i’s and cross the final t’s before the trial in November.
The main news from yesterday’s court session is that the request for judicial assistance to St. Kitts is finally bearing fruit. On September 18 and 19, two important witnesses in the investigation, Omax Bye and Kennedy Fergus will be interrogated in St. Kitts.
Bye is the alleged murderer of Amador Jones, who was shot to death on April 16, 2011. Four days later Bye was on the receiving end of some bullets allegedly fired by Amador’s brother Omar. He survived the attack because he was wearing a bulletproof vest. Kennedy Fergus got injured during this attack that took place in Dutch Quarter.
The Amador Jones killing triggered a series of murders that took the lives of Hector Miguel and Rodolfo Arrindell, and of Eric Lake and Kevin Gumbs. The murders took place against a struggle for control over the local drugs market.
Omar Jones and Carlos Richardson are serving life sentences for these crimes. Other defendants received sentences varying from 5 to 8 years.
One of the convicts, Andrew Davis, who refused to appear in court, is currently without legal counsel, because mr. Cor Merx desisted. The court will appoint another attorney to defend Davis in November.
Attorney Ralph Richardson, the attorney for Ekron Morgan, persisted in his request for an investigation by a telecom expert into the possibility that his client’s cell phone had beamed up to a transmission mast in Philipsburg rather than to one in Cole Bay at the time of the Hector Miguel Arrindell murder.
The court turned down a request by attorney Brenda Brooks to hear Charles Duduks Fleming again in the case of her client Erno Labega Jr.