Preliminary Inquiry begins
Jonathan Eugene Rowe leaves provincial court in St. John’s, being escorted by a sheriff's officer, this afternoon after being charged with accessory to murder. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
A man who failed to show up at court for his preliminary inquiry this morning turned himself in to police over the lunch hour.
Jonathan Eugene Rowe informed his lawyer, who informed the court, that he had thought the preliminary inquiry was to begin at a later date.
Crown prosecutors agreed to vacate the warrant issued this morning for Rowe's arrest and the preliminary inquiry began this afternoon with Rowe present.
Jonathan Eugene Rowe failed to show up at provincial court today for the start of his preliminary inquiry into a charge of accessory to murder.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Rowe, 29, was arrested and charged in April for his alleged involvement in the events surrounding the death of Nick Winsor, who was shot and killed at a house on Portugal Cove Road in the capital city on July 9, 2011.
Rowe was granted bail in June.
Two others — Philip Wayne Pynn, 26, and Lyndon Malcolm Butler, 22 — are jointly charged with murder in Winsor’s death.
Following a preliminary inquiry that wrapped up in August, they were committed to stand trial on a slew of charges, including second-degree murder and attempted murder.
Pynn, who is in custody, and Butler, who was released from jail following a recent bail review, also face a charge of attempted murder, attempted robbery, possessing a handgun, assault with a weapon and possessing a weapon while prohibited.
As well, Pynn faces counts of pointing a firearm, breaching probation and breaching conditions of two undertakings.
A trial date is expected to be set at a later date.