Little Cayman murder trial date set

Crown waiting on some forensic reports

The woman charged with murdering Perry Steven McLaughlin, 54, in Little Cayman on or about Nov. 2, is now scheduled to stand trial starting March 31, 2014.

Elsy Patricia Calderon De Ortega Barralga, 28, pleaded not guilty on Nov. 15. After Friday’s mention to confirm the trial date, Justice Alexander Henderson continued her remand in custody until the trial.

A pre-trial directions hearing was set for Feb. 28. The judge asked if it might be sooner, but Crown Counsel Toyin Salako said the Crown was still waiting for several forensics reports.

The judge then asked if the defendant was electing to be tried by judge alone or by judge and jury.

Defense Attorney Prathna Bodden indicated that no decision had been made. Justice Henderson said notification should be given at the directions hearing.

Ms Bodden also confirmed that she has applied for a Queen’s Counsel to represent her client.

The trial is expected to last about two weeks.