On Januray 15th, we noted that the Jamaica Gleaner had announced the arrest of 13 men and women in connection with a string of robberies and murders in the nation's capital and surrounding areas, which allegedly inluded the killing of Jamaica AIDS Support staffer Lenford "Steve" Harvey. The murder, which took place on November 30th, 2005, drew international outrage when details emerged that the assailants kidnapped Mr. Harvey at gunpoint after robbing a house he shared with others when he refused to answer whether he was gay or not (following years of innaction by the Jamaican government to address bias-related crimes including those targetting gays and lesbians).
Today, the Jamaican Observer is reporting that three men and a woman, ranging from 16 to 23 years of age, were formally charged on Monday with "murder, robbery and illegal possession of firearm" in relation to the murder. The charged individuals will make their first appearance in court tomorrow.
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