Charges reinstated for alleged robbers
Prosecutors have reinstated two charges against Brent McPhee and Ramon Davis.
Earlier this month, Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis discharged four cases against the men after police witnesses and the alleged victims failed to appear to testify at the preliminary inquiries.
Police allege the pair robbed Mary Burrows of her purse and personal items on December 27. Burrows did not appear for the hearing because she was not informed of the court date. Officers 741 Bethel, DC 525 McPhee and 2609 Arthur did not appear, despite being served summonses notifying them of the hearing. The court issued arrest warrants for the officers.
Police alleged that the pair held up Tammy Higgs on January 30, 2010. Higgs did not appear and neither did Officers Bethel, McPhee and Arthur.
The discharges did not serve as acquittals and the men remained in custody because they had other robbery cases pending.
McPhee was not required to enter pleas to the armed robbery charge at an arraignment before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez yesterday. He denied the robbery charge. Davis was not there because he was too ill to be brought from prison.
Inspector Clifford Daxon said prosecutors plan to send the armed robbery case to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment. McPhee returns to court on February 24.