Attorney representing murder accused Rushane Barnett, Tamika Harris, is questioning whether her client voluntarily offered a caution statement to the police.
Barnett is charged with the murders of Kimesha Wright and her four children in Cocoa Piece, Clarendon last week.
It’s understood he confessed to the crimes in a statement to the police.
But his attorney says she will have to confirm whether the confession was freely given.
Miss Harris says she will be ensuring the caution statement followed the appropriate parameters in order to be considered legally valid.
The attorney-at-law notes she’s particularly concerned in light of allegations that her client may’ve been mistreated while in police lock up.
Miss Harris told our news centre she was able to explain to her client the legal framework surrounding the death penalty in Jamaica.
She’s also encouraged him to speak openly and candidly with the psychiatrist who will evaluate him.
The Director of Public Prosecution, Paula Llewellyn, has given notice that she intends to seek the death penalty for the 23-year-old accused for the murder of the five individuals.