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Third Man Facing Murder Charge

By NICO SCAVELLA

Tribune Staff Reporter

nscavella@tribunemedia.net

A third man was charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the country’s second murder of the year.

Andre Thompson, of Pinewood, was charged before Magistrate Ambrose Armbrister with murdering Joel Russell on January 10. He was not required to enter a plea to the charge and the matter was adjourned to April 15 for service of a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI).

Bail was denied and he was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) in the interim. He has a right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail. Last week, 30-year-old James Arthur Thompson and 23-year-old Robert Arthur were charged before Magistrate Samuel McKinney in connection with Russell’s murder.

Thompson is accused of murdering Russell, while Arthur is charged with being an accessory after the fact.

According to reports, shortly after 11pm on Majority Rule Day, police responded to Willow Tree Avenue, Pinewood Gardens after receiving reports that a man had been shot. Upon their arrival, officers discovered a man with injuries to his body.

Paramedics were unable to revive the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Shortly afterwards police said they took a 29-year-old man of Kennedy Subdivision into custody in connection with the incident.

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