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Nov 16, 2015

Fate of Former Death Row Inmate is Still Unknown

Glenford Baptist

In July of this year, the last remaining death row inmate, Glenford Baptist, learnt that his sentence had been squashed, but the court is yet to determine how much time he has left behind bars for a murder charge.  After spending thirteen years on death row, today, his case came up again and his fate is still unknown.  Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin determined that his sentencing will be heard on December eighteenth, 2015 since Attorney Priscilla Banner asked the court for time to file additional affidavits on behalf of Baptist.  Banner told the media that she is hoping that Baptist has already spent his time behind bars. But Nigel Hawke, on behalf of the Government, is asking for a jail term of twenty-five years less time served on remand. In November 2001, Baptist and co-defendants, Gilroy Wade Junior and Oscar Mendez, were found guilty of murdering Azrin White in a joint enterprise on the night of July twenty-fourth, 2000. Banner argued the case of Baptist back in July of this year and she was successful in getting the Chief Justice to set aside his death sentence and now an appropriate sentence is to be imposed on Baptist.   Banner successfully argued that Baptist’s fundamental rights had been breached because of the period in death row and the automatic sentence to death.

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