State prosecutors believe that they have made major breakthrough in the murder of U.S national, Jessica Colker who was killed on January 24 on a secluded beach in the La Sagesse area.
Police have charged Dave Benjamin of Coals Gap in St. David with the murder.
Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY that the Police have landed a major witness to give evidence for the State in the ongoing Preliminary Inquiry into the killing.
A source who did not want to be identified described the person who is co-operating as a male individual who was in the company of the accused on the night of the incident.
He said the individual had made a formal statement to the police, which they regard as key for the Preliminary.
The major breakthrough came days after Hal Creel, the visiting uncle of Colker, made a plea to Grenadians who may have information about the murder to come forward.
Creel who travelled to Grenada from the United States to keep abreast with the PI spoke with reporters last week Friday after the day’s hearing at the St David’s Magistrate’s Court.
“Our family is devastated by this tragic murder. Jessica was (a) kind and gentle person. It is our hope that whoever has information about this case to come forward and help us convict whoever has conducted this horrible crime”, he said.
“We make a plea to the people of Grenada to please come forward and assist with this case… we just want justice for Jessica and so we just hope that whoever is out there that may have information about this case that they come forward”, he added.
The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is continuing investigations and still looking for witnesses to come forward with vital information to assist with the case.
Creel expressed his appreciation to the Grenadian public for the love and compassion shown to him and others since the unfortunate incident occurred.
Colker, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, lost her life one day after arriving on the island for a holiday with her husband, Brian Melito.
It is alleged that a man with a cutlass who concealed his identity with a scarf covering his face, attacked the deceased and her husband on Lespair Beach.
An autopsy done on Colker’s body revealed that she died as a result of extensive skull fracture and asphyxia.
It was also revealed later, that the assailant raped her.
Three witnesses including Melito have given evidence so far in the case.
During last Friday’s sitting, Melito was cross-examined by defense attorney, Andre Thomas who has been retained to represent Benjamin.
Another witness, Henry Sylvester, who is a resident of Coals Gap and is familiar with the defendant, was also on the stand giving evidence for the State.
THE NEW TODAY understands that at least two other witnesses are due to take the stand in the next hearing of the PI set for February 26 at the St. David’s Magistrate’s Court.