Andre Ruddock, the man charged with the murder of  Tanika Gardner, during an alleged sacrificial ritual in St. James last October, appeared before the Home Circuit Court today.

Presiding Judge, Justice Vinette Graham-Allen ordered the matter for a plea and case management hearing.

Robian Williams has more in this report.


Ruddock was making his latest appearance in court since he was charged with the murder. He was remanded in police custody until October 6, for a plea and case management hearing.

Ruddock was deemed fit to plea in February this year, following a psychiatric evaluation that was ordered by the court.

Alleged eyewitnesses say Ruddock used a knife to cut the throat of fellow church member Gardner, during the controversial service.

The series of events unfolded on  Sunday October 17, 2021 at the Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries in St. James.

Ruddock reportedly confessed to the murder in a caution statement to the police.

His attorney Anthony Williams explains that at the next scheduled court date he will advise on how his client intends to proceed with the case.

Williams says he’s expecting a date to be set for  trial at the next scheduled court appearance.

When asked about the mood of his client, Williams says Ruddock is reflective.

The court received the Post mortem report as well as the ballistic certificate from the prosecution on Thursday.

Only two people have been charged in relation to the vicious killings of two members of the church, Ruddock and the now deceased leader Kevin Smith.