Former cop arrested, charged with 2013 murder

A former police constable, Romone Edwards, appeared before the St James Parish Court Wednesday to answer to a murder charge.

The charge, according to the Independent Commission of Investigations (Indecom), followed investigations by agency and a ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) into a 2013 fatal shooting.

The former policeman, said Indecom, was charged in relation to the October 10, 2013 fatal shooting of Tasane Christie in Glendevon, St James, during a joint police/military operation in the area.

Indecom said its investigation was concluded in 2016 after submitting receipt of all scientific reports.

Said Indecom: “The charge of former Constable Edwards has been pending since 2018, when a ruling was received from the ODPP. Following the shooting incident, the former constable relocated to Canada, and subsequently resigned from the JCF. Through continued efforts by Indecom Mr Edwards was returned to Jamaica where he was arrested and taken into custody at the Norman Manley International Airport on December 30, 2022 by the JCF, in the presence of Indecom investigators.”

The former constable will remain in police custody until his next court appearance on Friday, January 6 when his attorneys are expected to make bail application.

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