Jimmy Melvin Jr. charged with first-de­gree mur­der

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Hal­i­fax po­lice have charged no­to­ri­ous crime fig­ure Jimmy Melvin Jr. with first-de­gree mur­der in the 2009 slay­ing of Terry Mar­riott Jr.

Po­lice an­nounced the charges Sun­day af­ter­noon af­ter Melvin Jr. was ar­raigned in the Cen­tral Nova Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Burn­side where he was held, wait­ing to ap­pear be­fore a judge at Hal­i­fax pro­vin­cial court on Mon­day.

“The charges… are the cul­mi­na­tion of years of hard work by in­ves­ti­ga­tors and civil­ian em­ploy­ees,” said Supt. Jim Perrin Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Perrin wouldn’t say ex­actly how po­lice got to the point of charg­ing Melvin Jr. in the case, but did say he’s been a sus­pect the en­tire time.

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion has ob­vi­ously been un­der­way for over six years now, and an op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self to in­ves­ti­ga­tors in the past sev­eral weeks that we were able to ad­vance the file to where it is to­day,” he said.

Perrin said the ar­rest was made at 8 p.m. Satur­day night af­ter po­lice had waited for Melvin Jr. to leave an ad­dress in the 600 block of the Bed­ford High­way.

“Of­fi­cers were fo­cus­ing on a par­tic­u­lar area be­cause we be­lieved he was there, then he chose to leave the area in a ve­hi­cle,” he said.

When Melvin pulled out of the park­ing lot, po­lice pulled him over, smashed out one of his win­dows, re­moved him from the ve­hi­cle and ar­rested him.

A source told Metro that Melvin Jr. was ar­rested out­side the Howard John­son ho­tel, at 636 Bed­ford High­way.

The mur­der hap­pened on Feb. 20, 2009. Po­lice were called in the late af­ter­noon about an in­jured man in­side a home on White­head Road in Har­ri­ets­field.

Of­fi­cers found Mar­riott Jr.’s body in that home, and de­ter­mined he’d been shot, and the in­ci­dent was not ran­dom.

There has been a long-stand­ing crime feud be­tween the Mar­riott and Melvin fam­i­lies, and Melvin has also been charged with the at­tempted mur­der of Mar­riott Jr. in 2008 – an in­ci­dent pre­vi­ously un­re­ported to po­lice.

Asked whether Sun­day’s charges will re­sult in vi­o­lence be­tween the two fam­i­lies, Perrin said po­lice had “no rea­son to be­lieve that any sub­se­quent in­ci­dents will come as a re­sult of to­day’s events.”

The case was part of the province’s re­ward pro­gram – mean­ing tips could’ve been worth $150,000 – but Perrin said that “wasn’t a fac­tor” in these charges.

METRO HAL­I­FAX

Jimmy Melvin Jr. is es­corted out of Dart­mouth pro­vin­cial court in this file photo.

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