Investigators in the Special Investigations Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have charged 33-year-old James Melvin Jr. of Halifax in connection with the homicide of Terry Marriott Jr.
On February 20, 2009 at 5:15 p.m., police responded to a 911 call about an injured man inside a residence on Whitehead Road in Harrietsfield. Upon responding to the call, officers located the body of 34-year-old Terry Marriott Jr. and determined he had been shot.
As part of the investigation into this homicide, police received information that James Melvin Jr. is also responsible for the attempt murder of the same victim on December 2, 2008 in Harrietsfield. This incident was not reported to police at the time.
Homicide investigators, with the assistance of the Halifax Regional Police Emergency Response Team, arrested James Melvin Jr. yesterday at approximately 8 p.m. in a vehicle outside of an address in the 600 block of Bedford Highway. Last night, the vehicle and this address were searched by investigators in the Drug Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division.
James Melvin Jr. was held in custody overnight and was remanded to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility this morning. He is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court tomorrow to face charges of first degree murder and attempt murder. Charges related to last night’s drug search are also anticipated.
The charges against James Melvin Jr. are the culmination of years of hard work by investigators and civilian employees. We extend my sincere thanks to them for their dedication and diligence. Further, we would remiss if we did not mention Terry Marriott Jr.’s family; it’s our hope that the charges laid today provide some closure for them on the loss of their loved one.