Two more witnesses gave evidence last week Monday at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court in the Britney Baptiste murder case as the State seeks to convict its only suspect Demlyn Murray, 44, also known as Dumplin from Simon, St. Andrew for capital murder.
This brings the number of persons giving testimony in the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the death of the 15-year-old to seven (7).
The deceased, who lived with her mother at Good Hope, St. Paul’s was a student of the Happy Hill Secondary School (HHSS) when she went missing on March 19.
She was found dead with her body covered under some balizier leaves on March 21, on a neighbour’s plot of land in an area within the small village.
Police Investigators quickly apprehended Murray, who is married to a sister of the deceased, in connection with the death of his young sister-in-law.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Murray was due to appear in court about a week after the discovery of the body to answer a charge of rape brought by police against him on a complaint made by the teenager.
Murray, who denied any involvement in the crime when questioned by police investigators, has retained the services of seasoned criminal attorney, Anselm Clouden.
The PI, which is being led by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, has already called seven (7) witnesses to give evidence in the PI – the mother and two (2) sisters of the deceased including Murray’s wife, a general medical practitioner, Pathologist and a Police Officer who visited the crime scene.
THE NEW TODAY understands that a total of 13 witnesses will be called by the State to give evidence against Murray as it builds its case to get the sitting Magistrate to send the matter to trial before a judge and jury in the High Court.