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Jul 12, 2016

Bennett Walks Free on Attempted Murder Charge

Brandon Bennett

A jury of four women and five men stepped into the deliberating room this afternoon to decide the fate of twenty-three year old Brandon Bennett. Bennett is accused of the attempted murder of Kent Moss, a Belize City man who was stabbed once to the chest at the Belikin Fest held at Memorial Park on September sixteenth, 2011.  A misunderstanding between Bennett and Moss escalated into the stabbing to the left side of his chest.  Moss survived, but at trial which began on July fourth, 2016, he did not want to testify against Bennett. But Prosecutor, Sherigne Rodriguez was able to get him to do so and his 2011 statement was tendered into evidence in which he accused Bennett of pulling out a knife and stabbing him. Bennett, however, said it was Moss who first pulled a gun and in defence and fear for his life, he stabbed him. Judge Lucas told the jurors that if a man is justified to defend himself, he did not have to wait to be attacked and can strike before he is injured.  He added that if the accused believed it was necessary to defend his life, then they must reach a verdict to acquit him of the charge.  Bennett was initially charged with attempted murder of Moss, but in trial the charge was downgraded to use of deadly means of harm with intent to cause grievous harm. Bennett is now free.

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