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Court hears closing arguments in trial of man accused of beheading St. Catherine woman, daughter

The court on Thursday began hearing closing arguments in the trial of Kemar Riley, the man accused of killing a woman and her daughter in Lauriston, St. Catherine.
 
Charmaine Rattray and her 18 year old daughter, Joeith Lynch, were murdered at their home on the night of July 19, 2011.
 
The women were shot, chopped and beheaded.
 
During closing arguments, Mr. Riley's attorney, Lloyd McFarlane, urged the jury not to accept the alleged jailhouse confession submitted against his client by prosecutors.
 
He said Mr. Riley should be acquitted as prosecutors have failed to present a case against him.
 
Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn is to make closing arguments on Friday.
 
Prosecutors say Mr. Riley was the suspect who fatally shot Miss Lynch.
 
The Crown last week called a witness who said he was in custody with Mr. Riley at the Spanish Town lock-up in 2011 when he confessed to participating in the incident.
 
According to the witness, the mother and daughter were attacked in reprisal for the killing of an area leader in Lauriston.
 
However, Mr. Riley denied confessing to anyone.
 
Investigators had reported that members of the Clansman gang carried out the attack.
 


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