Two charged with separate murders

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Police have charged a man who they believe is responsible for the country’s 100th murder of 2015.

Ashley Hield, 21, of Strachan’s Corner, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney on Thursday in relation to the murder of John Frazier, 64.

According to police, Frazier was beaten and robbed as he changed a flat tire on Gibbs Corner on August 24.

He died from injuries caused by the assault on August 26 at Princess Margaret Hospital

Hield, who is represented by attorney Ian Cargill, was not required to enter a plea to the charge.

He was denied bail and makes his next court appearance on December 11 when it is expected the case will be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment.

Homicide investigators have also charged a suspect in a 2014 matter.

Perry Pickering, 21, of Dorsette Alley, is charged with the July 26, 2014 murder of Clifford Cartwright and attempted murder of Marcello McKenzie.

The victims were driving along Blue Hill Road, near Meeting Street, when the occupants of a gray Nissan Primera pulled alongside their Honda Civic and opened fire.

Cartwright was shot in the head and chest. McKenzie was shot in the abdomen.

Pickering did not have a lawyer. He was not required to enter a plea and was remanded to prison.

He makes his next court appearance on December 11 to receive a VBI.

 

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