Quick guilty verdict for St Catherine man on quadruple murder charge
A seven-member jury in the murder trial of Simeon Miller took only 40 minutes on Friday to return a unanimous guilty verdict for a quadruple killing in Mickelton, Linstead, St Catherine on August 20, 2014.
Miller was convicted in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston on eyewitness evidence, for the murder of Garfield Simpson, 78; Shanna-Kay Simpson, 20; Reicodel Jackson, 25; and Dean Pratt, 43, who were all shot to death.
According to the evidence before the court, Miller and two of his cronies, dressed in full military and police garb, shot and killed Garfield Simpson and Shanna-Kay Simpson out of the view of patrons at a shop in Mickelton.
The three men then proceeded to rob the patrons inside the shop, when Jackson tried to hide his cellular phone and was shot, while Pratt was killed in his car as he pulled up to the premises while the robbery was in progress.
Ballistics tests were done and proved that the gun that was used to kill the two Simpsons also killed Jackson and Pratt, and one of the patrons identified Miller as one of the gunmen, as he was said to have not been wear a mask, in contrast to the other two men.
Miller, 34, claimed to have been at home with his girlfriend and young children at the time of the shooting.
He is scheduled to return to court on July 6 for sentencing.