Executive Director of Jamaicans for Justice, Mickel Jackson, says the organisation stands against the death penalty for the man accused of killing a woman and her four children.

Jackson says while commiserating with the family and their loss she doesn’t think capital punishment should be pursued.

Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, Paula LLewellyn has served notice that she’ll be seeking the death penalty for 23-year-old Rushane Barnett.

Barnett stands accused of slashing the throats of Kimesha Wright and her four children – 15-year-old Kimanda Smith; 11-year-old Shara-Lee Smith, five-year-old Rafaella Smith and 23- month-old Kishawn Henry – in Cocoa Piece, Clarendon last week Tuesday.

Jackson says the mitigating circumstances should be taken into consideration such as Barnett’s age.

She also says the state should not go down the route of retribution.

Meanwhile, attorney specialising in advocacy, Richard Small, says the country should wait to see all the circumstances surrounding the case as they’re presented in court in the coming days.

Richard Small, attorney specialising in advocacy.