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By Zaya Williams
Today, Monday, Antigua and Barbuda will be having its very first judge-only murder trial.
The accused in this case is Jeffrey Daniel, a man accused of killing 56-year-old David Roberts in 2021.
It is alleged that on May 21 of that year, an altercation ensued between Daniel and Roberts, who were known to each other.
The body of the older man was later found in the vicinity of his home with what appeared to be injuries.
A doctor pronounced Roberts dead at 9.05 am that day.
In the Magistrate’s Court, Daniel’s lawyer, Wendel Robinson, claimed that his client also sustained injuries to his body during the alleged altercation.
In May 2022, the Cassada Gardens resident pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and was to be tried later that year but instead, the hearing will begin on Monday before Justice Tunde Bakre.