Not guilty plea entered for 2017 murder

William Rivers denies charges from Jan. 28 incident in West Bay

William Ian Rivers, 38, appeared in Grand Court on Friday, when he pleaded not guilty to the charge of murdering Mark Travis Seymour, 39, on Saturday, Jan. 28, in West Bay.

Rivers, of West Bay, also pleaded not guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm, a .357 Sturm Ruger revolver, and unlawful use of a firearm by threatening to discharge a firearm at a named female.

At the Summary Court hearing on Jan. 31, Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards had advised that the murder charge could be dealt with only in the Grand Court. She asked that the other two charges also be transmitted to the higher court because they arose from the same incident, a daylight shooting in the area of Watercourse Road and Boatswains Bay Road.

Last week, defense attorney John Furniss told Justice Charles Quin that a trial date had been set for July 31 and the matter was expected to take two weeks. He said it had not yet been decided whether the trial would be by jury or by judge alone.

The judge continued Rivers’s remand in custody until July 31.

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