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DPP withdraws death penalty notice for two accused in brutal St. Catherine murders

The Director of Public Prosecutions on Wednesday afternoon informed the Home Circuit Court that she will not be pursuing the death penalty against two of the five men accused in the 2011 shooting and beheading of a woman and her daughter in Lauriston, St. Catherine. 
 
DPP Paula Llewellyn told the court that based on the evidence against them and the guilty pleas of the other three accused, she has decided to withdraw the death penalty notice she served on the defence for Sanja Ducally and Kemar Riley. 
 
Three of the five men accused of the brutal 2011 murder of the mother and daughter - Adrian Campbell, Roshane Goldson and Fabian Smith - pleaded guilty to non capital murder Wednesday afternoon before the Home Circuit.
 
Campbell, Goldson and Smith had given caution statements on video confessing to killing the women.
 
The sentencing hearing is set for December 11. 
 
The DPP had previously given notice she would be seeking the death penalty against the five men for capital murder.
 
The other two accused are to stand trial after they pleaded not guilty to the charges.
 
Prosecutors reported that on July 19, 2011, gunmen invaded the home of 40 year old Charmaine Rattray and her 18 year old daughter, Joeith Lynch, a former student of the Queens High School.
 
The women were shot, chopped and beheaded.
 
Divers found Ms Rattray's head in the Rio Cobre.
 
Her daughter's head was found days later in bushes when Adrian Campbell guided the police to the location.
 
A police sergeant, who was first on the crime scene in 2011, began giving testimony Wednesday afternoon.
 
He testified that the police team arrived on the scene about 5:45 on the morning of July 20.
 
The sergeant said he entered the house and found the headless bodies of the two women in separate rooms in the house.
 
He said the bodies had chop wounds.
 
Several spent shells were also found in the rooms.
 
                                                                                


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