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Jun 7, 2016

Murder Trial of Shane Gillett; Judge Reserves Ruling

Shane Gillett

Justice Adolph Lucas will give his ruling in the murder trial of thirty-year old Burrell Boom resident, Shane Gillett, next week. Gillett is the suspect in the murder of Samuel Price at this home in April 2011. Today, in the trial by judge without jury, Justice Lucas reserved his ruling for June fifteenth. The trial began three weeks ago and this morning, the defense, represented by Attorney, Leeroy Banner, and prosecutor Porsha Staine both addressed the court. The prosecution called ten witnesses to testify against Gillett, arguing that he confessed to the crime and that he told his neighbor who later reported it to the police.  Police also testified that Gillett gave a caution statement confessing to the murder saying that as the rode past Price’s house on the Philip Goldson Highway, he remembered hearing that Price had a gun. The police claim Gillett torched Price so he could give him information on the whereabouts of the gun, but Price refused and was then killed.  Police also believe Gillett hit Price with a blunt object because of the severe injuries to his head and fractures to the skull as well as swelling to the brain. But Gillett denied his involvement or that he ever gave police a statement willingly.  Samuel Price was the brother of the late father of the nation, George Price. The trial attracted family members as well as supporters of the P.U.P.

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