Attempted murder suspect to remain in US until at least May
A man charged with attempted double murder will not be extradited from the US before his scheduled Bermuda trial date.
Jahmel Blakeney was due to stand trial on April 18 at the Supreme Court of Bermuda with Sanchey Grant for the 2009 shooting of Shaki Minors and his pregnant girlfriend Renee Kuchler.
Mr Blakeney was arrested shortly after the shooting and granted police bail. He then flew to the US and did not return. He was arrested by US Marshals in June last year and has been fighting extradition ever since.
Yesterday, a spokesman for the US District Court of New York said: “He has been granted a temporary stay.”
Mr Blakeney's lawyer has filed a stay of extradition as he outlines legal reasons why his client should not be sent to Bermuda. The temporary stay is in place until a US court decides if the stay of extradition is warranted. The hearing will take place “as early as May 2” according to court papers.
An appeal against the extradition was denied in February this year.