Accessory after murder charge in Webster case

No one yet brought to court on murder charge

 

Graham David Lauer, 60, has been charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder in connection with the killing of Solomon David Webster on Sept. 7 at Miss Daisy Lane, West Bay. A second charge accuses him of being an accessory after the fact of manslaughter. 

Lauer appeared in Summary Court late Friday. Details of the first charge allege that Lauer “well knowing or believing” that a certain person had murdered Mr. Webster on Sept. 7 without lawful authority or excuse, assisted that person by providing him with accommodation and telephone calls with intent to impede his apprehension or prosecution. 

The charge of accessory after manslaughter contains the same details except that the words “unlawfully killed” Mr. Webster are used instead of the word “murdered.” The person whom Lauer allegedly assisted is named, but that person has not been brought to court. 

Crown counsel Candia James said the charges are “Category B,” which means that they may be dealt with in the Grand Court or in the Summary Court. 

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She also told Magistrate Grace Donalds that the Crown was not objecting to bail if certain conditions were imposed. 

Defense attorney Richard Barton indicated he was awaiting more information to be disclosed by the Crown, which he would then need to discuss with the defendant. He proposed that the matter be mentioned again on Oct. 6. 

Lauer, a resident of West Bay, was granted bail on conditions that include recognizance and surety in the sum of $1,500, surrender of passport, weekly reporting to the police, curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., and residence at a specified address. 

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