Jamaica News: After several delays, the long-anticipated trial for Gregory Roberts and Mario Morrison, the two men charged with the 2017 murder of St James schoolgirl Shineka Gray, is set to begin on June 3.
The men appeared before High Court Justice Martin Gayle in the St. James Circuit Court on Thursday who ordered them to be remanded in police custody.
The body of 15-year-old Shineka Gray, a grade 10 student of the Green Pond High School in St. James, was found with multiple stab wounds in bushes in Irwin, St James, on February 1, 2017, three days after she was reported missing.
She was last seen alive in Montego Bay on her way home from the funeral of a schoolmate.
Roberts and Morrison were arrested and charged following investigations by the police. Roberts is represented by attorney Chumu Paris, while attorney Martyn Thomas represents Morrison.
Initially, a trial date was set for November 19, 2018 but due to lack of jurors, the case was put off. At that time, Paris made an application for the trial to be held outside of St James, citing concerns for his safety, but that application was denied.
Other issues triggered setbacks in the case, including Roberts’ frequent lack of legal representation prior to his securing the services of attorney Paris. In addition to Paris, Roberts was also represented by attorney Shelly-Ann Hyman, who subsequently withdrew her services.