Taxi operator found guilty of murdering school girl in 2017
37-year-old Hanover-based taxi driver Gregory Roberts was found guilty on Wednesday of the murder of 15-year-old schoolgirl Shineka Gray.
Gray, a student of Green Pond High school in St James was murdered in January 2017.
Her body with multiple stab wounds was found on February 1, three days after she was last seen alive in Montego-Bay, coming from a schoolmate’s funeral.
After deliberation on Wednesday, the jury returned a guilty verdict for Roberts.
The verdict follows the conviction of Roberts’ co-accused Mario Morrison who pleaded guilty in September 2022 to the murder and made a plea deal to testify for the prosecution at Robert’s trial.
Roberts who claimed in an unsworn statement from the dock that he was only hired as a taxi operator to provide transportation for his co-defendant, said he and Morrison had sexual intercourse with the girl, before her murder.
Morrison said Roberts stabbed Shineka several times on the night of January 29, 2017, while he made a video of the incident.