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Four Win Appeal in 2004 Murder Set Free; One Remains in Jail

By Steve Thomas Observer Nevis Editor
(Basseterre, St. Kitts) ” Four Nevis men convicted of a 2004 murder have been released from prison following an appeals court ruling while the judges rejected the motion of a fifth man who remains behind bars. The men who won on appeal are Kishmoy Challenger, Jermaine Freeman, Ashley Freeman and Ashton Williams. The Court of Appeal rejected the motion of Marius Webbe. He has been returned to prison. The five men were convicted for the March 5, 2004 murder of Eric Weekes, 16, in downtown Charlestown. Prosecutors said the men chased Mr. Weekes from a sporting event and then stabbed him to death. They were convicted in April, 2006. Mr. Webbe was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment with hard labour. Mr. Challenger was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.” Mr. J. Freeman received 25 years in prison. Mr. Williams was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Mr. A. Freeman sentenced to 20 years in prison. The lawyer for the four men who won on appeal were represented by Vernon Viera, who said evidence was lacking to support the prosecution’s contention they were part of a “joint enterprise” in the killing. The judges agreed with the attorney and the sentences were quashed and the men set free on Oct. 28. The court rejected the appeal of Mr. Webbe, stating there was enough evidence to support his conviction

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