Craig man pleads guilty to Nandy Park, Agricola murders

Orpheus Johnson
Orpheus Johnson

Orpheus Johnson was on Tuesday remanded to prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter when he appeared at the Demerara High Court.

The Craig, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident was arraigned before Justice Sandil Kissoon for the 2015 murders of Travis Rudder and Gladstone George. He further admitted to the attempted murder committed on Mowanza Gill and her 18-month-old son Jaleel Rudder.

During his appearance, he pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on June 21, 2015, he unlawfully killed Travis Rudder. He also admitted to discharging a loaded firearm at Gill and her baby.

It was reported that Travis Rudder, his girlfriend and their 18-month-old son were shot while they were sleeping at their Nandy Park, EBD home on June 21, 2015.

The suspect reportedly went to the home of Rudder where he opened fire on the couple and their baby through a window. The three people were in their bedroom.

As a result of the attack, Rudder was reportedly shot 21 times about his body while his girlfriend was also shot several times to her legs. The couple’s 18-month-old son received injuries to his stomach and leg.

Rudder was subsequently rushed to the GPHC where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Gill and her baby were admitted in serious condition. The lad was reportedly hooked up to a life-support machine and managed to pull through.

On the other hand, Johnson also pleaded guilty to killing Gladstone George, whose body was riddled with bullets on April 22, 2015, at Agricola, East Bank Demerara.

Reports are that on the day in question, the victim was a passenger in a minibus and as the vehicle came to a stop at Agricola, EBD, Johnson reportedly walked up to the window and discharged several rounds at George.

The victim, who was shot several times, was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Johnson is set to return to court on May 3 for sentencing, when a probation report is expected to be read.