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Gov't's failure to pay alleged 'death squad' cop's legal fees stalls case

Published:Monday | January 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The murder trial of a cop linked to the so-called police death squad cases failed to get underway today because of the government's failure to pay his legal fees.

Constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown was scheduled to go on trial for three counts of murder in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

However, his attorney Norman Godfrey told the court that certain obligations are still outstanding.

According to Godfrey, some of the outstanding obligations date back to last year when he represented Brown in another murder case, which ended with a not-guilty verdict.

The government has agreed to provide financial assistance, through the Ministry of National Security, to police personnel facing criminal charges arising from incidents that occur in the line of duty.

Justice Bertram Morrison, who presided over the brief hearing, also indicated that he would have to recuse himself from the case.

Morrison explained that when he was assigned to the Manchester Parish Court the accused was assigned to provide him with security.

Brown is charged with killing Damoy Dawkins during an incident in January 2009.

He is also charged with killing Dwayne Douglas and Andrew Fearon in December 2012.

The case has been removed from the trial list and is set for mention on May 16.