Sherman Williams (left) & Jevon Demming (backing) making their first appearance at the Magistrates Court on October 5.
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The matter involving two men charged with the attempted murder of Neil St. Rose has been pushed back to April. This was decided yesterday, February 8 when Jevone Demming, 23, along with his co-accused Sherman Williams, 32, reappeared in court.
Prosecutor Leslie Ann Faulkner indicated to the court that the crown was ready to proceed with the Preliminary Inquiry (PI); however, Williams' lawyer indicated that there were other statements which he didn't have sight of and hence, he needed to go over those with his client before heading into a PI.
Lawyer Richard Rowe told the court that he was "sort of" left out of the loop, not being served with everything.
Faulkner did not object.
Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards then set the PI for April 8.
Demming, who is represented by lawyer Patrick Thompson, is on bail while Williams is on remand.
The men, who profess to be cousins, are jointly charged in relation to the shooting incident outside Virgin Gorda's Rock Cafe on September 30 that left St. Lucian native, St. Rose, 37, hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds.
According to court records, on September 30, 2012 at about 12:50 am, the defendants visited Rock Cafe where a party was being held. While at the party, the defendants and St. Rose had an argument, but it was resolved by patrons who were at the party.
It is alleged that between 4:00 am and 5:00 am, the defendants left the dancing area of Rock Cafe and went outside to the parking lot where a fight started between Williams and St. Rose. At some point during the fight, Demming joined in. Williams then pulled a gun from his waist and shot St. Rose. The two men then left the scene.
St. Rose was taken to the clinic on Virgin Gorda before he was transported to Tortola for further medical treatment at Peebles Hospital. The man was shot in the neck, chest and abdominal, but also sustained a wound to his private part as a result of one of the three shots he received.
Search warrants were executed on the homes of Williams and Demming, but nothing in relation to the warrants were found.
Williams was taken into custody on October 1. On October 2, Demming visited the Virgin Gorda Police Station where he was informed of the allegations. According to prosecution, both men told police that they were in a fight with St. Rose, but did not shoot him.