REVEREND Al Miller says Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke maintains he is misunderstood by those who failed to see the many initiatives implemented by him in West Kingston to make the crime rate in that police division the lowest.
Miller, who last met with Coke — now a fugitive — two days before the security forces took control of his Tivoli Gardens stronghold, said Coke spoke openly about, among other things, the role he played in helping the elderly and providing a start to many youth who would otherwise have turned to a life of crime.
Tivoli Gardens residents stage a peaceful street protest and march in support of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke on May 20, urging the authorities to leave him alone.
Miller said Coke spoke of the perception that the public had of him which caused them to view him differently from who he really is.
“He voiced his concern that his side of the story was not being told,” Miller told the Observer on Monday.
Miller said Coke insisted that were it not for his input, violence would be a constant feature of Downtown Kingston. Instead, he said that he tried to do the positives which no one spoke about. Continue reading
HILLSBORO – The Hill County Sheriff’s Department released the 911 call of the mother who pleaded guilty to capital murder for killing her daughter last year.
In June 2009, 33-year-old Debra Jeter allegedly killed her 12-year-old daughter and severely injured her 13-year-old daughter at an abandoned house in Hillsboro.
Both of the girls were found with slashes on their throats.
Jeter can be heard in the 911 call telling the dispatcher “I just killed my children.”
She had reportedly checked into the Waco Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center just weeks before the attack.
Jeter entered a plea of guilty to capital murder in return for a sentence of life without parole. She also entered a plea of guilty to the charged of attempted capital murder in return for a life sentence. The two sentences will be served concurrently.
Before the plea agreement, the death penalty was still a possibility for Jeter. The plea also saves Jeter’s surviving daughter from having to testify in trial.
“If you think about Kriesten, her surviving daughter, she was a victim and had to watch her sister go through that, but still at the same time, this is her mother.She knew the ultimate consequence was that her mother could get the death penalty and that’s a lot to put on a 14-year old child,” Hill County District Attorney Dan Dent said.
Jester’s two attorneys were present with her during a teleconference at the jail as she signed a waiver agreeing to no appeal of her sentences.
[Update via Channel 25 News]
POLICE this morning raided the home of Kingston Mayor, Desmond McKenzie.
A police source said the cops were interested in a sports utility vehicle which was suspected to have been featured in suspicious activity in Tivoli Gardens. However the cops discovered that the vehicle they were interested in was not the one at McKenzie’s residence.
“The police went there asked some questions and left,” the source said.
McKenzie, who is the councillor for the Tivoli Gardens division, grew up in the community and is a protege of former Member of Parliament fo West Kingston and Prime Minister Edward Seaga.
He now resides in the upscale community of Waterworks in upper St Andrew.
Police are intensifying their search for wanted fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke who has been on the run since the security forces launched a major offensive against his former stronghold last week Monday.
Coke’s brother Laighton ‘Levity’ Coke — whose name was included on a police most wanted list a week ago — turned himself in to the police yesterday.
Levity joins his brother’s business partner, Justin O’Gilvie in custody.
Police are also looking for Harry Mcleod, also called ‘Harry Dog’; Prince Bucket, also called ‘Tugman’; and Paul KirkPatrick, otherwise called ‘Teddy Paul’ who are believed to be members of the Shower posse.
[Update via Jamaica Observer]