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KEVON HAMILTON FOUND GUILTY OF MURDERING SHOPKEEPER

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St.Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Kevon Hamilton of St. Paul’s Village but who resided in West Farm has been found guilty of the murder of an elderly shopkeeper.

Ernest ‘Gray Patch’ Hendricks of Palmetto Point who ran a shop and small bakery in the village, was shot in the stomach during a robbery attempt in the early hours of June 24, 2015. Hendricks, who was in his sixties, was baking bread that morning when a masked gunman entered the bakery and reportedly demanded money.

He succumbed to his injuries two weeks later.

Hamilton was initially arrested and charged for gun and ammunition possession when he was found with a gun and several bullets on his person that same afternoon.

A few after his arrest police informed that he was considered a person of interest in Hendrick’s shooting. He was charged with murder after the shopkeeper died.

Hamilton went on trial on Monday and was represented by Fitzroy Eddie. Director of Public Prosecutions Valston Graham and Crown Counsel Vaughn Woodley represented the Crown.

Following deliberations on Thursday, the jury returned a majority verdict of 10-2 guilty of murder.

Hamilton will be sentenced in January 2019.

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