Farmer charged in shopkeeper’s murder

June 30, 2022

Twenty-year-old Westmoreland farmer Justine Barnes has been charged in the shooting death of a woman at her home in the parish.

Barnes, who is from Pike district in the parish, was charged on Tuesday for the murder of shopkeeper Madgelyn Clarke. The attack happened on May 14.

The police report that about 10:30 p.m. Clarke was at her home located along the Belvedere main road when she was pounced upon and shot several times in the upper body. The police were summoned and on their arrival, Clarke was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. During an investigation by the police, Barnes was identified as one of the suspects and was taken into custody on June 24. Barnes was subsequently charged on Tuesday after a question-and-answer session was conducted in the presence of his attorney.

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