SDA church tells deacon to surrender after igloo murder

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woman-found-igloo.jpgThe Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica is urging the alleged murderer of a 25-year-old Manchester student to surrender to the police.

Linton Stephenson, 59, a deacon in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mandeville has been named as the suspect. He is also wanted for illegal possession of a firearm and assault.

Stephenson, also called Jawbone, is believed to have killed Khyhymn Campbell on August 28 at his Bloomfield Street home and later abandoned her body along the Marshall's Pen main road in the central Jamaica parish capital.

"We use this medium to unequivocally condemn what appears to be the recent cold and brutal murder in Manchester of yet another female member of the community," said Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica.

Brown furthered called for Jamaicans including members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to immediately come forward if they can help the security forces. Seventh-day Adventists affirm the dignity and worth of each human being and decry all forms of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and act of crime and violence, Brown said.

Stephenson was on parole after being released from prison for the killing of a woman in St Mary some time ago.