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Jun 5, 2015

Espinosa Guilty of Manslaughter

Krismar Espinosa

An Orange Walk resident has beat a murder charge for the second time. He is Krismar Espinosa, whose trial concluded on Thursday before Justice Herbert Lord in the Orange Walk Supreme Court.  Espinosa was accused of bashing the head of a female friend in Orange Walk more than seven years ago. A jury of twelve persons who deliberated for no more than two hours, found Espinosa guilty of manslaughter and not murder in the death of Rachel Chun who was killed on the fourteenth of September 2007. Two days later, police were led to an unfinished house on Santa Familia Street, Orange Walk, where they found Chun’s decomposing body.    During the trial, two pastors testified that Espinosa confessed to them that he had killed Chun in an unfinished house.  According to the two pastors, they advised him to turn himself in to the police. The pastors also reported the matter to police and in trial three witnesses also identified the accused as the last person seen with Chun. Closing arguments were heard on the Tuesday and Justice Lord summed up the evidence to the jury on Thursday. The crown called a total of thirteen witnesses and the defense called two, the brother of the accused and attorney Marcel Cardona. Sentencing for manslaughter has been deferred to June eighteenth, 2015. This is Espinosa’s second murder trial.  He escaped one in late 2012, when he was accused of the prison death of twenty-one year old Keon Kyle Swasey.  On December fifth, 2012, Espinosa was found not guilty of that murder.  Espinosa’s acquittal came after Justice Troadio Gonzalez upheld a no case submission made by Espinosa’s attorney, Rachel Montejo on his behalf.  Montejo submitted that there was insufficient evidence to convict Chun because identification by the crown’s two witnesses was lacking and the judge agreed. While he was found not guilty of murder, Espinosa could not go free since he was awaiting trial in the case of the killing of Rachel Chun.

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