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Apr 22, 2014

George McKenzie Junior; wrongfully charged, now freed of murder

George McKenzie Jr.

George McKenzie Junior was hauled before the courts on Thursday morning accused for the murder of fifty-seven year old Alfonso Cruz. Cruz was killed on the night of April twelfth as he stood inside his yard on Rhaburn’s Alley. Four days later, nineteen year old McKenzie Junior was picked up by police, arrested and charged for Cruz’s murder. But just before his arraignment, the Director of Public Prosecutions directed that it should not proceed, because of the availability of a video which showed Mckenzie Junior at a restaurant at the time of the murder which indicated that he could not have committed the homicide. So today, after spending the entire Easter Holidays incarcerated, McKenzie Junior appeared once again before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. And twenty minutes after his appearance, McKenzie Junior, walked out of the courtroom without cuffs, but accompanied by his family. He was too emotional to talk to the media, but Attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd, says that the family will sue the police department for wrongfully detaining the nineteen year old student.


Audrey Matura-Shepherd, Attorney

“What has been the most unfortunate thing about this matter is that on Wednesday the sixteenth of April when Mr. George McKenzie was picked up and the police questioned him about his whereabouts, he told them where he was, they refused to go and inquire, they basically told him well we done have a statement against you we noh have to go find out anything, that is very poor police work. Because when you are convinced you have someone even though they are giving you their version you need to follow it up so that you can make sure you do all your check and balances. The police was just too eager to lock up this young man. But fortunately what also happened, because they lodges the matter before the court it was only the court could have undone the lodging. So George McKenzie had to spend the entire Easter weekend unjustly incarcerated. He was held at Queen Street police station and I don’t know if people take it lightly but when it comes to a person’s freedom you just don’t take that away. This is not just oh dah just a young man, he bad anyway let us do what we want, that is not it, he has no previous conviction for anything, he told the police where he was and they refused to do anything. She knew where her son was and he had a younger brother that was with him they could have accounted for his whereabouts, but not only that, there was a video, that if you checked that video could have accounted for so many hours of where he was, there was an employer with whom he was talking the whole time and police just refused to go and see it.”



Audrey Matura-Shepherd

“Are you planning any false imprisonment action against the police department?”


Audrey Matura Shepherd

“Of course we gotta bring this matter in a civil aspect against the government. It can’t be left like that and we call upon the police department to also investigate the  arresting officer, that detective needs to be brought in and dealt with because it is an impropriety that cannot be condoned. When you are dealing with someone’s freedom remember this is murder he is being charged for you know, he would not have been able to get bail. You know people stay on remand for two three years, it is after that then they find out you are not guilty but you have lost so much of your life.”

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5 Responses for “George McKenzie Junior; wrongfully charged, now freed of murder”

  1. Teddy Steinway says:

    They need to force the cop out of the job. Despicable.

  2. Rod says:

    This ya pm and gov targets anyone who is against them.

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    So what happened to the witness that placed him at the crime scene?The head of the DPP is incompetent.She couldn’t even convict an ant if it had incriminated itself.The only conviction you can get out of this DPP is convictions for stolen pint bottles.”Disgusting”

  4. Lydz says:

    So what happens if there was not a video showing where he was at the time? He would have been wrongly accused and maybe convicted for a murder he never committed. It is about time someone sue the police department for the reoccurring incompetence. They all lack knowledge of training hence the reason they can’t even solve ONE crime…. every case is all still, pending investigation…

  5. Elgin Martinez says:

    If the witness that placed him at the crime scene can confirm at what time the shooting occured he could have still been linked to this murder based on his time of arrival at the restaurant.Mr Cruz definately didn’t commit suicide.Why was he even arrested in the first place?Wasn’t it because of credible information from a witness.If the police can get the timeline right he can still be convicted.That video of him at the restaurant could have been after the commission of the crime.However that would have to be proved using timeline.

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