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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

GOV’T UNSEALS INDICTMENT AGAINST EX-CHIEF JUSTICE, OTHERS

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By Olando Testimony Zeongar

MONROVIA – The Government of Liberia through the Special Grand Jury of Montserrado County, has unsealed a 7-page three counts indictment against former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Cllr, Gloria Musu-Scott and three others who are family members to her, Smart News Liberia has reliably gathered.

The indictment was unsealed a day after the Ministry of Justice and the Liberia National Police (LNP) formerly charged Cllr. Gloria Musu-Scott, Rebecca Youdeh Wisner, Gertrude Newton, and Alice Johnson, as prime suspects in the case regarding the gruesome murder of a deceased relative of theirs, Ms Charloe Musu.

Having been released from police custody following a petition for the writ of habeas corpus, which was granted by Criminal Court “C” on last Wednesday, the four ladies were on the next day rearrested, charged by the LNP, arraigned in court, and later jailed at the Monrovia Central Prison, on the charges of murder, criminal conspiracy and giving false reports to law enforcement officials.

Howbeit, consistent with law, the following day, on 23 June 2023, the Special Grand Jury for Montserrado County, filed in the First Judicial Circuit Criminal Assizes “A” for Montserrado County, sitting in its May Term of court, A.D. 2023, before Resident Judge, his Honor Roosevelt Z. Willie, an indictment against Co-defendants Gertrude Newton, Cllr. Gloria Musu-Scott, Alice Johnson, and Rebecca Youdeh Wisner, for Murder, Criminal Conspiracy, and False Reports to Law Enforcement Officials.

According to the indictment, which content Smart News Liberia is privy, in violation of Title 25, Chapter 14, Section 14.1, Chapter 10, Section 10.4, and Chapter 12, Section 12.33 of The New Penal Law of the Republic of Liberia, Cllr. Gloria Musu-Scott, Getrude Newton, Alice Johnson, and Rebecca Youdeh Wisner allegedly committed the crimes of murder, criminal conspiracy and false reports to law enforcement officials.

In count-one of the indictment, state prosecutors claim that at about 10pm on 22 February 2023, Defendants Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, Getrude Newton, Alice Johnson, and Rebecca Youdeh Wisner, with criminal minds and intent, armed with a sharp instrument believed to be a knife and pepper spray, willfully, intentionally, purposely, and maliciously inflicted several bodily injuries on the person of Charloe Musu, including her chest, right hand, left thigh, and left armpit, which the indictment says led to her death, thereby committing the crime of murder.

The indictment aver that in an attempt to cover up the truth of what transpired in the house on the day of Charloe’s demise, the Defendants decided to concoct a story that an unknown man entered the house and stabbed the deceased to death.

However, state prosecutors alleged in the indictment that to the contrary, it was the Defendants who murdered the deceased after they were involved in an altercation, evidenced by what the indictment pointed out as the outlook of the room when investigators appeared on the crime scene, which is the Lower Virginia home of ex-Chief Justice Scott.

the indictment, among other things, maintains that the autopsy report establishes that Charloe Musu’s death was violently and that she was stabbed nine times on her chest, right hand, left armpit, and left thigh and her face was peeled indicating that the injuries were inflicted by a sharp object.

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