Third man charged with attempted murder

Police have charged a third suspect in the attempted murder of Vernal Johnson.

Jarvis Joseph, 21, joins Shacardo Culmer and Demetrius Brown on remand for the August 7 shooting that left Johnson in hospital.

Joseph was not required to enter a plea to the attempted murder charge when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

He did not have a lawyer at his initial appearance. However, his mother told the court that Johnson had shot her son at a club in 2018.

Joseph returns to court on November 3. Prosecutors plan to fast-track his case to the Supreme Court on that date.

Weeks after the shooting, police arrested Joseph with a loaded 9mm pistol.

Joseph pleaded guilty to possession of the Taurus 9mm pistol and nine rounds of ammunition.

Officers found the gun in his pants pocket when they searched him near Dunmore Avenue, the prosecutor, Sergeant 3605 Samantha Miah, said.

Joseph claimed that he retrieved the gun after a man tossed it into bushes. Initially, he said he thought the man had thrown money in the bush. However, he decided to keep the firearm with the intention of selling it.

Ferguson-Pratt sentenced Joseph to two years’ imprisonment.

Joseph said the firearm was not connected to the attempted murder, which he denied committing.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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