Three charged in separate Lazaretto Road murders

Police have made arrests in relation to two fatal shootings at Lazaretto Road that occurred days apart.

Yvenette Philips, 31, of Lazaretto Road, faced a charge of non-capital murder in the March 13 death of Cynthia Bertha Wilson.

She was outside her home shortly before midnight when she was shot by a gunman, who prosecutors say is Philips.

He was not required to enter a plea to the charge when he made an initial appearance before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

He returns to court on May 28 when it is expected that his case will be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment.

He is represented by Donna Dorsett-Major.

Appearing in the same court were Philip Murphy, 18, of Roberto Drive, and Joey Jolissaint, 26, of Cowpen Road, charged with the March 8 shooting death of Edward Charles, 27.

Police officers escort Philip Murphy (front) into court yesterday.

Police, responding to reports of gunshots, found Charles dead in bushes.

The suspects were not required to enter pleas and were remanded.

However, Attorney Jomo Campbell told the court that both men had pre-existing conditions that required them to be held in sick bay.

Jolissaint, a construction worker, was wheeled into court as he’s recovering from multiple fractures sustained in a fall from a roof at a construction site.

Although Murphy appeared in good health, Campbell said that he had two stents in his arteries.

They, too, return to court on May 28.

The court ordered police officials to accept clothing and other personal hygiene items from the three defendants following requests from their lawyers.

Ordinarily, their relatives would take underwear and clothing to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

However, the prison has suspended taking property from members of the public for inmates on March 16 as part of measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Ferguson-Pratt said that she had spoken to Charles Murphy, the commissioner of corrections, who said that first-time inmates were permitted to bring clothing from court.

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Artesia Davis

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

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