Temple of Justice
Judge Orders Release of Accused Murderer From Jail
By Comfort M. Johnson
MONROVIA October10 (LINA) –Tarpeh Davidson, an accused murderer who was jailed at the Monrovia Central Prison for five years without trial, is now a free man.
Davidson’s release Thursday was the result of a judicial order prompted by a defense motion to dismiss the murder charge against the defendant due to the prosecution’s failure to pursue the case, according to the Liberia News Agency.
In his judgment, Judge Johannes Zlahn of the Criminal Court “A” at the Temple of Justice ordered the clerk of court to prepare a release in favor of Davidson from further detention at the Monrovia Central Prison.
It can be recalled that Davidson was arrested by police on August 9, 2009 for allegedly killing his friend, whose name was not disclosed, and was incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison for five years without trial.
Predicated upon the above, his defense team, led by Tobey Raynes, on September 30, 2014, filed a motion to dismiss the case due to the failure of the prosecution to proceed with the indictment that led to the detention of the defendant.
In his ruling, Judge Zlahn said “the Executive Branch of government has deprived the defendant of his liberty, rights and privileges without due process of law and has acted illegally,” noting that he must forthwith release the defendant from further detention.”
He added: “All civil rights, constitutional and statutory rights and privileges denied the defendant are hereby immediately restored.”
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