Cops from the West Kingston Division charged with murder

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Two policemen attached to the West Kingston Police Division have been charged with murder.

Corporal Charles Watkins and Constable Kirk McFarlane were charged Friday morning, following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).They were later taken before the Half Way Tree Criminal Court where Corporal Watkins and Constable McFarlane were offered $1 million and $500,000 bail respectively.

The two are charged for the November 26, 2009, shooting death of Steven McRay, a resident of Lincoln Avenue in St Andrew.

It was reported that policemen from the Denham Town Police Station responded to reports of gunfire in the Lincoln Avenue area.

The police say they were confronted by members of the 'Rat Bat' gang on entering the community.

During a shoot-out, Mr. McRay was shot and a gun reportedly taken from him.

However, residents disputed the police's story.

The arrest of the policemen is causing anger among policemen in the Division.

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