In a rare occurrence, a police officer charged with the fatal shooting of a nine-year-old girl decided against fighting the charge and pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Nine-year-old Renee Lyons was killed when Constable Walter Spike fired at a fugitive on July 25, 2003. The constable had fled to the US where he sought asylum, saying that he feared being killed but he was denied asylum and deported to Jamaica. The constable admitted guilt on Wednesday, going against the advice of his attorney, who believed his client had a reasonable chance of being acquitted if the case had gone to trial. The lawyer said his client had given him written instructions indicating that because of his new religious beliefs, he could not, in good conscience, contest the case. The constable will be sentenced on June 8.

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