The St. George’s High Court has ordered a retrial for murder accused Demblyn “Dumplin” Murray following a split decision delivered Tuesday by a mixed 12-member jury in the Brittney Baptiste murder case.
The team of State Prosecutors, comprising Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Christopher Nelson, QC and Crown Counsels Crisan Greenidge and Brendon La Touche, sought to convict Murray on a Capital Murder charge for the death of his 15-year-old sister-in-law based on circumstantial evidence.
However, the jury failed to return an unanimous verdict of guilty or not guilty after more than two hours of deliberations on the evidence presented to the court by 15 witnesses for the prosecution during the 3-week trial at the St. George’s No.1 High Court.
Trial Judge, Madam Justice Paula Gilford from Guyana, had to discharge the jury after the Foreman indicated that they could not come to a conclusive verdict and Murray was remanded to prison pending his retrial.
The deceased teenager, who resided at Good Hope, St. Paul’s, never returned to the safety of her home after visiting her sister at Beaulieu, St. George on March 19.
Her body was found the following Monday, hidden under some Balizer leaves on a plot of land within close proximity to her home where she lived with her mother.
Brittney reportedly died sometime between March 19-21, 2016.
The Prosecution believed that Murray, who is married to a sister of the deceased, had a motive to kill her because she had a sex-related matter pending against him in the Magistrate’s Court.
However, Murray’s legal counsel, Attorney George Prime, who expressed no surprise with the outcome of the trial, said, information had surfaced that the deceased teenager had sex-related matters pending against other individuals in the court system.
“I am not surprise with the ruling at all,” Prime told reporters following the decision taken by the court just after 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday.
“This case is a very tight case. (In) criminal trials, when you are relying wholly and solely on circumstantial evidence you have to be prepared that the matter can go either way. And I think this is a classic case where predictions are not something that you can go absolutely with”, he said.