Murder convict, Omar Collymore, and his three co-convicts will be sentenced on July 11.

Collymore was found guilty of murder and conspiracy for the 2018 killing of his wife, businesswoman Simone Campbell-Collymore and her taxi driver, Winston Walters.

The seven-member jury handed down the verdict Wednesday afternoon in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston. 

Daina Davy reports.

Simone Campbell-Collymore and her taxi driver, Winston Walters, were shot and killed on January 2, 2018 at the entrance to her apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St. Andrew.

Simone was shot 19 times, while Mr. Walters was shot five times.

The trial began on February 12 this year.

Omar faced two counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to murder along with his co-accused Michael Adams, Dewayne Pink, and Shaquila Edwards.

Four months later, the seven-member jury delivered their verdict.

The jury, consisting of three women and four men, was sent out to deliberate at 11AM. 

They returned at 1:23PM. Almost two and a half hours later.

There was silence as the court registrar called on the foreman of the jury to give the verdicts.

Starting with Omar Collymore, the jury found him guilty of murder and conspiracy to murder.

His co-accused, Michael Adams, and Dewayne Pink were also found guilty on all counts.

But Shaquila Edwards was found not guilty of murder.

However, he was found guilty of conspiracy. 

This was due to evidence that pointed to Edwards withdrawing himself from committing the murders but knowing of the plot.

Sitting in the prisoner’s dock, the four convicts showed little to no emotion as the verdicts were handed down.

But, this was a stark contrast to the family of Simone and Mr. Walters, who were sitting together.

Simone’s family and friends, who wore her favourite colour, royal blue, were seen smiling and hugging as the verdicts were read.

Outside the courtroom, Simone’s parents embraced each other for several minutes with closed eyes and broad smiles.

They prayed, laughed, and hugged all who came in support of the families.

The men were remanded in custody until July 11, when they will be sentenced.

Meanwhile, Simone’s father, Wayne Campbell, who is celebrating his birthday, praised the justice system for the outcome of the trial.

He says the verdicts were expected.

Simone’s mother, Karen Campbell, says she has forgiven Omar.

Mother of Simone Campbell-Collymore.

They were speaking with journalists outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday.