Lloyd Alexander King’s Charge Upgraded to Murder of Ronald Rivers Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 April 2013 00:00

Lloyd KingA little before 11 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 28-year-old Ronald Rivers was doing mechanical work on a Ford Escape that had shut down in the Uno Gas Station compound on Youth for the Future Drive when he was approached by a gunman who rode up on him and fired a single shot. The bullet caught Rivers in the face. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and died ten days later when he was removed from life support. Police responded quickly to the incident and managed to detain Mayflower Street resident, 18-year-old Lloyd King, for the shooting.

According to police, PC Carl Borland and other officers were on mobile patrol at the corner of Vernon Street and Youth for the Future Drive when they heard a loud bang.  The officers then looked into the direction from where they heard the sound and saw King riding towards Vernon Street on a bicycle. The officers said they observed King pushing an object into his pants waist and as a result they started to pursue him. They chased him into Johnson Street where he jumped off the bike and ran into an alley where he fell to the ground. Police caught up with him and conducted a search which led to the discovery of a rusty .38 revolver and two live rounds. On Wednesday, March 6, King was arraigned for the firearm and ammunition offenses and pleaded guilty to the charges. Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith sentenced him to two 5 year sentences to run concurrently; therefore, he is presently serving a 5 year jail term.

King was escorted to court once again on Thursday, April 11, where he was read a single charge of murder upon Ronald Rivers. Magistrate Hurl Hamilton informed him that since the matter is an indictable offense no plea would be taken. He was unrepresented in court and his next appearance is scheduled for May 24, 2013.