Attempted murder case fast-tracked to Supreme Court
Prosecutors have fast-tracked the case against an inmate accused of attempted murder to the Supreme Court.
Terrance Rigby was serving a 15-year prison sentence for armed robbery when police alleged he opened fire on a car occupied by Cherise and Brian King on September 25. Rigby was working through the prison work release scheme when the incident occurred at Yellow Elder Gardens.
Dorian Cleare, who police alleged drove the car as Rigby allegedly fired a gun from the front passenger’s seat at the other vehicle, is charged with abetment to murder.
Attorney Basil Cumberbatch presented the voluntary bill of indictment to Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell yesterday.
Rigby and Cleare will appear before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs for an arraignment on January 14.
Rigby asked Bethell if he could face trial before another judge, as Isaacs had presided over his robbery trial.
Bethell explained to him that there are few criminal judges and it is possible for one person to make multiple appearances before the same judge. She added that juries make decisions in criminal trials, not judges.
Bethell said he should object to a juror who sat on his armed robbery trial hearing his new case.