April 24, 2024 – On April 23, 2024, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) officer, Constable Mike Edwards, was placed before the Hanover Parish Court, to answer to the charge of murder contrary to common law. This charge was as a result of an investigation by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and a ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

Constable Edwards was charged in relation to the March 26, 2023 police fatal shooting of 24 year old Avado Samuels in Mount Pleasant, Hanover. At the time of the incident, the deceased was attending a Wake being held at a bar in the community, when an altercation between himself and officers occurred.

Constable Edwards was offered bail in the sum of $750,000.00 with one to two sureties. The matter is set for hearing on June 4, 2024.