Investigations Ongoing In the Deaths of Assistant Superintendent Ivelaw Murray and Constable Kevin Shepherd
As investigations continue into the deaths of Assistant Superintendent Ivelaw Murray and Constable Kevin Shepherd which occurred on July 04, 2010 at Springlands, Corentyne, the Police Force’s Handwriting expert has confirmed that the handwriting on the note found in his bedroom on the day of the incident is indeed that of Murray’s.
The note which was written on a note-pad stated “Sorry Mom. I love you and will always will”.
In addition the results of a test conducted by the Police Forensics Department revealed no trace of gunpowder residue on the hands of the late Assistant Superintendent Ivelaw Murray.
The Forensic Analyst Superintendent Stephen Greaves has explained that the presence of a significant amount of blood on each of the swabs used on the hands of Murray made it unlikely that traces of gunpowder residue could have been detected. Additionally, there is no guarantee that detectable quantities of gunpowder residue will be deposited on the hands each time a firearm is discharged.
In testing for gunpowder residue the Police Forensic Laboratory utilizes a combination of chemical tests and the recently acquired laser induced breakdown spectroscopy.