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No death penalty for Cocoa Piece killer

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Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn has removed the death penalty as a sentencing option for mass killer Rushane Barnett.

A sentencing hearing is now under way in the Home Circuit Court for Barnett who was convicted in July of five counts of murder.

He pleaded guilty to the killing of his cousins Kemesha Wright, Kimanda Smith, 15, Sharalee Smith, 12, Rafaella Smith, 5, and 23-month-old Kishawn Henry Jr.

The victims were discovered inside their Cocoa Piece home in Clarendon with chop wounds and their throats slashed on June 21.

During Barnett‘s first court appearance, the DPP’s office had served notice that it would seek the death penalty.

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