Communication Data Expert Testifies in Trial of Men Accused in Murder of 15-Year-Old Girl

MONTEGO BAY, St James, Jamaica – The trial for the 2017 killing of 15-year-old Shineka Gray continues with revelations from a communication data forensic analyst expert. The analyst testified that there was no communication link between Gray’s phone and the two men accused of her death prior to the murder.

Gregory Roberts is currently on trial for Gray’s murder, while co-accused Mario Morrison had pleaded guilty in September 2022 and was sentenced to life in prison a month later.

During the trial, the officer in charge of the Communication, Forensics and Cybercrime Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) testified that call data records received from Digicel, specific phone numbers, and International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) were analyzed. This analysis revealed that, on the day of the murder, there was communication between the two men, and Morrison’s mobile number was later associated with Gray’s phone. It was also revealed that Morrison had placed his sim card in Gray’s phone and vice versa.

The analyst further clarified that there were direct communications between Roberts and Morrison, but no direct or indirect communications with Gray’s mobile number. This testimony sheds light on the events leading up to Gray’s tragic death, providing crucial evidence for the ongoing trial against Roberts.

Furthermore, text messages between Roberts and his ex-girlfriend revealed a continued theme of malice and financial disputes. These messages, along with previous statements made by Morrison during the trial, paint a picture of the events that transpired before and after Gray’s murder.

The communication data forensic analyst is the 15th witness to testify in the trial, with more revelations expected in the coming days. The ongoing trial seeks to bring justice for Shineka Gray and provide closure for her family and the community affected by this tragic event.