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Thursday, 09 February 2012 00:00

RickyThe first trial without a jury has been set to commence in the Supreme Court before newly appointed Chief Justice, Kenneth A. Benjamin. That first trial will be that of Ricky Valencia and Akeem Thurton, who stand accused of attempted murder in the shooting of attorney-at-law Rodwell Williams. 

The case came up before Chief Justice Benjamin and it was set to start on Monday February 6th however, it did not start since the two men were unrepresented. Ricky Valencia told the court that he has retained a local attorney to represent him but that the attorney did not know that Monday was set as the trial date. For his part, Thurton informed the court that his attorney, also a local attorney cannot do the case on his behalf and he will now be seeking the assistance of another attorney. Both men asked the court to grant them an adjournment so they could seek legal assistance. The matter was then adjourned until Wednesday, February 27th.

The incident occurred in June 2010 when Williams was leaving his Albert Street office to go to his vehicle when he was attacked by two men who then shot him. Williams’ injuries were life threatening and he had to be taken out of the country for treatment. The motive for the shooting of Williams, who is the law partner of the Prime Minister, Hon Dean Barrow, has not been ascertained. This case one of the many cases that will be tried without a jury.Prosecutor in the case is the DPP, Cheryl Lynn Vidal.