Rushane Barnett, the suspect in the gruesome Clarendon quintuple murder, pleaded guilty on Thursday at the Home Circuit Court.
Barnett pleaded guilty to the five counts of murder for his cousin Kemesha Wright, 31, and her four children, Kimanda Smith, 15, Sharalee Smith, 12, Rafaella Smith, 5, and 23-month-old Kishawn Henry Jr. The five victims were found with their throats slashed on Tuesday, June 21, at their Cocoa Piece home where Barnett had been staying.
Today, in court, Barnett while responding to Supreme Court Justice Leighton Pusey, the presiding judge, said he had not been forced to plead guilty to the charges above.
According to the Jamaica Observer, Barnett explains what led to the murders and said before the June 21 killings he had felt disrespected by his cousin Kemesha Wright. After Barnett attended to a customer at the home, Wright told him never to do so and grabbed money from out of his hands, then allegedly splashed water into his face.
It was another altercation after this between the two that led to the killing of Wright and her children.
Twenty-three-year-old Barnett was issued a death penalty notice at his first appearance at court by the Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn. If convicted and given the death penalty Barnett would be the first person in Jamaica to be executed since Nathan Foster, who was convicted of murder and hanged in 1988.