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Wanted suspect charged with murder

Police officers escort Keishon Bethel (right) to court.

Police arrested a wanted murder suspect when they stopped him on a curfew violation.

Investigators named Keishon Bethel as a suspect soon after the January 5, 2020 shooting death of Lynden Humes.

Bethel, 21, of Black Village, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on Friday on charges of murder and violation of curfew.

Prosecutors say that Bethel opened fire on Humes’ car at John Road and killed him.

Bethel was not required to enter a plea to the murder charge and denied bail.

Prosecutors intend to fast-track the case to the Supreme Court for trial by a voluntary bill of indictment on June 2.

Bethel’s attorney, Roberto Reckley, told the court that he had concerns about how police carried out an identification parade.

He also asked the court to recommend that Bethel be held in remand over fears for his safety.

Bethel denied the curfew violation charge and returns to court for trial in September.

Prosecutors allege that Bethel was not at home on April 1, as mandated by an emergency order. Police arrested Bethel at Big Pond.

Residents are supposed to stay at home all day, unless they are conducting essential business.

The aim of the curfew is to slow the local spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 24 confirmed cases of the disease and three deaths.

 

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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