The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has served a death penalty notice on 23 year old Rushane Barnett, who is accused of killing a family of five last Tuesday in Cocoa Piece Clarendon.

The notice was served in the home circuit court on Tuesday June 28, when Barnett made his first court appearance.

The DPP’s office decided to forgo the committal proceedings in the parish court and brought the case directly to the home circuit court, where a voluntary bill of indictment was laid in the court, which outlines the charges against Barnett.

The DPP’s office explains that the death penalty notice was served on the Barnett pursuant to section three – one of the offences against the person act.

Barnett is charged with the murder of 31 year old Kimeisha Wright , her daughters : 15 year old Kimanda Smith , 10 year old Shara-Lee Smith, 5 year old Rafaella Smith and her son 23 month old Kishawn Henry .

The DPP’s office says it brought the matter to the home circuit court having carefully considered the allegations, as disclosed within the evidentiary material gathered so far, the law, and the public interest.

It also filed the death penalty notice in the supreme court and a copy of this notice was served on Barnett .his notice was served on Barnett