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Guilty! St Catherine man convicted in quadruple killing

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 11:44 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A St Catherine man, who, along with a group of armed thugs, donned full military and police uniforms before shooting four people to death, has been convicted on four counts of murder for the 2014 incident.

A seven-member jury deliberated for 40 minutes yesterday before returning with a unanimous verdict of guilty in the murder trial of Simeon Miller in the Gun Court division of the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

Miller, 34, is to be sentenced on July 6 for the shooting deaths of Garfield Simpson, 78, Shanna-Kay Simpson, 20, Reicodel Jackson, 25, and Dean Pratt, 43, in the community known as Mickelton, in Linstead, St Catherine on August 20, 2014.

Prosecutors Adley Duncan, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, and Stephen Smith led evidence that the four were among a group of patrons at a shop when loud explosions were heard nearby.

The patrons reported that shortly thereafter, three men armed with guns and dressed in full military and police uniforms approached them from the direction where the explosions were heard.

One of the patrons identified Miller as one of the gunmen during an identification parade.

The patron also gave evidence that Miller was the only gunman not wearing mask that night. 

According to prosecutors, the three armed men announced a robbery and later shot Jackson after it was discovered that he tried to hide his mobile phone..

Pratt was shot inside his car as he drove up to the shop while the robbery was in progress.

Police personnel who were quick on the scene found the bodies of Garfield Simpson and Shanna-Kay Simpson in the area where the patrons reported hearing loud explosions.

The bullets recovered from the bodies of Jackson and Garfield Simpson were sent for ballistic testing and found to have been fired from the same weapon.

Miller, however, maintained his innocence, insisting that he was home with his female companion and young children at the time of the incident.

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