The licensed firearm holder implicated in the killing of Constable Shane Francis in White River, Ocho Rios on Sunday, April 17 was charged and granted bail for the cop’s murder on Wednesday morning.
Charged is 40-year-old Kevin Harris of Ocho Rios, St Ann.
Harris was rearrested on Wednesday, April 27, based on an autopsy that raised questions about the shooting.
The autopsy revealed that the cop was shot from behind in the back. In addition, he was shot an additional two times.
Following investigations by the Major Investigation Division of the police force, Harris was charged with murder.
Harris was brought before the St Ann’s Bay Resident Magistrate Court this morning and received bail in the sum of $500,000 with two sureties.
He is to return to court on September 6.
Harris is being represented by Queens Counsel Tom Tavares-Finson and Oswest Senior-Smith in the matter.
Allegations are that, on Sunday night, April 17, constable Shane Francis, was leaving a party in the White River section of Ocho Rios when he had an altercation with the licensed firearm holder.
According to Loop News both men had a prior dispute before Sunday’s incident.
Reports are that, during the standoff at about 11:30 pm, weapons were drawn and explosions were heard a few minutes later.
Francis was allegedly shot twice. However, investigations later revealed he was shot three times.
He was rushed to the St Anns’ Bay Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Detective Constable Francis, 30, was assigned to the St Ann’s Bay DIU and resided in Tower Isles, St Mary.