Second suspect charged in killing of five family members

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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A second man has been charged in connection with last year's murder of five family members on March Pen Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

The police have identified him as Otis Austin, 33, of a Gregory Park, Portmore address.

A release from the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) yesterday said Austin, who was the second murder suspect in the case, was formally charged.

According to CCU, reports from the Spanish Town police are that about 1:30 am on October 9 last year, a team of officers on patrol responded to reports of heavy gunfire in the March Pen Road area. On their arrival, the police said a number of heavily armed men were seen at the location.

The men allegedly engaged the police in a shoot-out before escaping in the area.

According to the police, several houses were seen ablaze and the Spanish Town Fire Department was alerted. After the fire was extinguished, the police said the charred remains of five people were found in the burnt-out premises.

The police have identified the deceased as two-year-old Koyandra Wynter; nine-year-old Revaughn Evans; 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr; 22-year-old Venisha Bartley; and 24-year-old Salesha Evans.

Marvin Campbell Snr, otherwise called 'Fat Man', was subsequently arrested and brought before court in connection with the incident, the police said.

On November 30, both Campbell Snr and Austin are expected to reappear in the St Andrew Parish Court.




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