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Apr 15, 2015

…Results of Psychiatric Evaluation Presented in Court

Audrey Matura-Shepherd

Tzib was returning from a twelve-day operation at sea with a team of Coast Guard, B.D.F., Police and Port Authority personnel. One hundred yards from shore, she allegedly turned her M-four Carbine on Captain Hyde, and shot him once in the jaw. The incident reportedly occurred in front of many persons, but could it have been averted? A report from the Belize National Coast Guard was provided to Justice Lord on restrictions that were in place in respect of the relations between Tzib and her alleged victim, Petty Officer Kurt Hyde. Attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd questions why orders to keep both her client and the Hyde away from each other were not followed.


Audrey Matura-Shepherd, Attorney for Keyren Tzib

“Another thing that the media may not know about and the public did not know about was that there was also an understanding that Mister Kurt Hyde and her were never to work together or be placed together. In the affidavit given by the coast guard by no other than their second in command, Elton Bennett, it state that they opted to have Mister Kurt, who was on another vessel go pick her up at the San Pedro base to bring her to town for a hearing that she had because they didn’t want two vessels coming in, in the same direction which is in contravention of what they knew was a position they took which is they were never to allow them to be together, work together for previous reasons. Unfortunately I will not discuss, but people have made presumptions of. So the coast guard needs to take responsibility because they better than anybody knows what the internal issues there. In this case, I think the court went beyond its usual procedure or condition by stating that if per chance she is called on base for whatever reason, for a hearing, whatever reason; that the onus is on the coast guard to ensure that they do not come within the hundreds yards of each other. That’s a little extra in the condition, but it is a normal condition. I just think the court is taking extra precaution because of certain evidence that came before it.”


Attorney Darrell Bradley was also sitting in Tzib’s corner today in court. According to Audrey Matura-Shepherd, when the trial starts, he will assume the position as counsel for Tzib.

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