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Lawyer moves to block shooting suspect’s extradition from the US

The lawyer for Jahmel Blakeney, who has been charged with double attempted murder, has filed a stay of extradition in the US

Yesterday the Bermuda Police Service announced that Jahmel Blakeney, son of the Cabinet member Glenn Blakeney, would be returning to Bermuda in the “near future” to face the charges.

However, a spokesman for the US District Court of New York said Mr Blakeney's lawyer had sought another legal avenue to fight extradition after losing an appeal in February.

In a hand-written note Mr Blakeney has asked for a stay of extradition as he appealed the decision to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The US Government appointed prosecutor has already said she will oppose the application for a stay.

Mr Blakeney flew to the US while on bail over the shooting of Shaki Minors and his pregnant girlfriend Renee Kuchler and has not been back since. The pair were gunned down as they left Southside Cinema late on November 13 2009 but have since recovered from their injuries. Mr Blakeney and a second man, Sanchey Grant, 19, from Warwick, were both arrested in connection with the shooting the day after it happened and were granted bail. Mr Blakeney flew to the US shortly after but was charged in his absence on April 26, 2010. Mr Grant was charged with the same April 22, 2010.

Mr Blakeney was arrested by US Marshals at a residence in Brooklyn, New York on June 10. Since then he has been fighting extradition to Bermuda.

Yesterday, a spokesman for the US District Court of New York said a judge must now decide whether or not to grant the stay of extradition. A provisional court date has been fixed for both defendants to stand trial at Supreme Court on April 18, 2011, if Mr Blakeney is back in time.

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Published March 22, 2011 at 9:56 am (Updated March 22, 2011 at 9:56 am)

Lawyer moves to block shooting suspect’s extradition from the US

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