RCI St. Lucia
posted on May 05, 2015 18:05
A mistrial has been declared in one of the most controversial murder cases here.
The decision came last night, when the jury presiding in the murder trial of OECS Soca Monarch Jonathan Ninja Dan St Rose and two other men could not reach consensus on the guilt or innocence of the accused.
The men have been accused of the stabbing death of Dwayne Chubby James at Maynard Hill in February 2009. Since then Jonathan St Rose, Lynden Blasse and Terry Nelson have been incarcerated for about six years. The trial began on February 4th this year
Attorneys representing the men accused of the murder say are confident that the evidence presented by the defence was compelling and raised enough doubt in the prosecution’s case, amid suggestions that the majority decision from the jury was in favour of the defence.
The decision to retry the case is now in the hands of the director of public prosecutions, however, lawyers are hoping that she will not take the matter further.