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New attorney cannot convince court to grant longer adjournment in Jared Ranguy triple murder case

Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2023. 9:50 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: In an update to our earlier story, accused triple murderer Jared Ranguy has secured new legal representation from the firm of Marine Parade Chambers.

Ranguy, 36, stands accused of the murders of his mom, Karen Skeen-Vellos, sister Teena Skeen, and stepfather Robert Vellos Senior in November 2012 in Ladyville.

Counsel Hector Guerra, holding brief for an absent Senior Counsel Godfrey Smith, applied to the court to extend the adjournment of the trial date for three months so that they can properly look at the documentation being presented. Without such an adjournment, it was not likely they would be prepared for trial in a month’s time and Ranguy might possibly end up having to defend himself, as he indicated he was prepared to do when he took leave of court-appointed counsel Orson Elrington this morning.

But presiding Justice Ricardo O’Neil Sandcroft regretfully declined, stating that the trial was to have started in November of 2022, then was adjourned to this past Monday when the sentence indication hearing took place, and now because of the change in counsel has been postponed another month – on top of an already decade-long lapse since Ranguy’s arrest.

The case will thus proceed on May 2, with the status of Ranguy’s legal counsel apparently up in the air.

In brief comments after he was dismissed from the case, Elrington indicated that following Monday’s hearing, the court adjourned to today to await a decision. Elrington said he and his client spoke on Tuesday when Ranguy announced he would proceed to defend himself and not take the guilty plea. He added that he was “not surprised” what his now ex-client said in court.

Our court reporter also spoke to Ranguy’s uncle, Rene Skeen, who said he was determined to see justice for his dead relatives: “This happened 10 years ago, but it feels every day like it was just yesterday. So, what’s going through my mind? One word: justice. For our family – Teena, my sister Karen and brother-in-law Robert. Feeling depressed, feeling down, all of it, is an understatement, but the judge did a really good job this morning to explain for us the family…The case is now adjourned until [May] 2nd and again it’s another waiting and waiting and waiting. People might say the [accused] needs justice, blah, blah, blah; us, as the family [of the victims] needs justice and that’s all we want. And we believe in the justice system and that’s why we are here each and every time this case is adjourned; at least 20 or 30 of our family members show up, because of the one word: justice.”


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