The man held in connection with the murder of social media influencer Aneka “Slickianna” Townsend, Rushawn Patterson, was remanded in custody when he appeared in the St. James Circuit Court yesterday.

His co-accused, 47-year-old security guard Rohan “Early B” Rose, who is charged with misprision of a felony in relation to Townsend’s murder appeared separately in the Circuit Court.

A decision on whether to grant Paterson bail is to be made on December 15.

The men were appearing in the Circuit Court for the first time after their cases were transferred from the St James Parish Court through a voluntary bill of indictment.

The police are alleging that Townsend travelled from Kingston to Montego Bay where she was picked up by Patterson at approximately 7:30 p.m. on October 20. 

During the evening, the police allege they visited a restaurant in Hanover and a guest house in St James. 

At some point during the night, an argument reportedly developed between them, which resulted in Patterson allegedly  strangling Townsend and disposing of her body.

Townsend’s body was fished from the sea in Reading, St James on October 21.

The police in carrying out their investigations had named Patterson as a person of interest on October 22nd. 

He was picked up at a guest house in Hanover by an Area One Operational Team on November 2.