It has been reported in the Bermuda media that Keivon Scott, a 34 year old male, has been charged in the Magistrate’s Court with the alleged murder of Edmund John Flood.
Mr. Scott was not required to enter a plea as the charge is indictable and must be read to him again in the Supreme Court. It is alleged that Mr. Scott murdered Mr. Flood sometime between September 30 and October 2, 2016. Mr. Flood was found dead in his Paget home on October 2, 2016.
Mr. Scott was remanded into custody by Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo and ordered to reappear at the January 2017 arraignment session.
Mr. Scott is represented by lawyer Mark Pettingill. Mark Pettingill is separately in the news, at the moment, as a result of his representation of a same sex couple in a pending case brought under the Human Rights Act 1981, seeking to challenge the legality of the status quo with respect to marriage in Bermuda.
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The media coverage of this case is bound to raise the question: does it matter to whom a defendant is related?
Readers are reminded that, in Bermuda’s legal system, defendants (and their family members) are presumed innocent until proven guilty.