Journalist’s Death: Suspect’s Charge Changed From Criminal Facilitation to Murder
Monrovia – The Grand Jury of Montserrado County has indicted Caesar Kennedy with murder after he was charged with criminal facilitation to commit murder and hindering law enforcement by the Liberia National Police (LNP).
Bettie K. Johnson-Mbayou, [email protected]
Kennedy is one of six suspects, who are linked to murdering Super FM Journalist Tyron Browne.
Along with him are suspects Jonathan Williams, indicted with murder; Alice Youti, Joana Bracewell, Edwina Youti all indicted with hindering law enforcement and Ernest Kermue indicted with criminal facilitation to commit murder and hindering law enforcement.
The indictment states that Williams and Kennedy knowingly committed the crime murder and concealed the act from state investigators.
Only Williams is at the Monrovia Central Prison while the rest are out on bail according to the court Sheriff’s report that went to serve the indictment at the prison.
A judicial source said Kennedy will be arrested and sent to prison after he is served the indictment.
The indictment said the deceased, Browne, appeared in a Kingdom Care Community compound owned by Dr. Jerret where defendant Williams was occupying along with his two nieces (Edwina Promise Yuoti and Alice Youti) where the deceased went to visit Edwina and there where he was attacked by defendant Williams, who stabbed the deceased with a knife twice in the left ribs and one time on the side of the upper back instantly to his death.
“That after dumping the body when they returned to their house, defendant William along with defendant Kennedy ordered that they burn the plastic which he took from his vehicle that they used to wrapped the body in and so they put it on top of defendant Williams’ septic tank and he Williams put fuel on it and light it with a match and have it burnt.”
The indictment further said that the late Browne was a friend to Edwina Promise Youti and that he had visited her at her house the (Crime Scene) several times both day and night prior to the incident and that he Browne was not having on his person any weapon during his encounter with defendant Williams.
“That during police forensic investigation/examination conducted externally and internally on the white infinity vehicle that was used by defendant Williams to dump the body of Tyron after killing him, blood stains were collected and proven to be human blood.”
The indictment said the action by both Williams and Kennedy was to discard evidence of the crime they committed in order to avoid it from being discovered by the state security.
“And finally they did not report themselves to the Liberia National Police till the arrest on April 20, 2018 five days later after the crime through the aid of former Director of Police Cllr. Chris Massaquoi.
The deceased body was pronounced dead by doctor at the Benson Hospital on April 16, 2018.
The indictment said the deceased was dumped along the Kingdom Care Road and subsequently that night the white Infinity vehicle was washed on defendant Williams’ instruction so as to discard the evidence.
The indictment says after dumping the body, Williams and his accomplices, returned to the house at which time he ordered the burning of the plastic in which the corpse was wrapped.
The investigation also established that though Williams said he stabbed the deceased in self-defense, the deceased had no weapon on him during his encounter with Williams.
According to police investigators, they found bloodstains believed to be human blood in an Infiniti QX4 vehicle that belongs to Williams.
Co-defendants Joana, Alice, Edwina, and Massa, according to the indictment concealed information about the murder of the late Liberian journalist.
The indictment say the actions by defendant Williams was premeditated as he came out of his room with a knife and following the murder he criminally transported and dumped the deceased body.
Meanwhile, former Police Inspector General Chris Massaquoi has been exonerated from the murder case after he was investigated by the police.
He was initially called in for questioning after police investigators established that he was in the know when the incident occurred.
But the spokesman of the police, Deputy Commissioner Moses Carter, told journalists on Tuesday that the police had not levied any charges against Mr. Massaquoi.
Carter said the former Inspector General was treated in the police investigation as a person of interest and was never charged for committing any crime.
“He cooperated, and we saw no reason to charge him,” he said.
He further clarified that the former police boss was never covered up by the LNP investigation, as it is being insinuated “by some members of the general public”.
At the same time Police has not revealed any update on Ernest Kermue, who is still on the run and is charged with criminal facilitation to commit murder and hindering law enforcement.