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Sep 13, 2018

Ernest Thurton Jr. Found Guilty of Double Homicide

Ernest Thurton Jr.

On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas found twenty-five-year-old Ernest Thurton Junior guilty of a double homicide, but has reserved sentencing until October eighth.  Thurton was charged with the murder of forty-one-year-old Frank James and fifty-year-old Robert Young. Both men were fatally shot on October twenty-fifth, 2012 while at a dockyard on North Front Street, Belize City. The duo was cleaning fish when they were gunned down. The prosecution’s main witness was Kurt Pech who resided at the dockyard at the time of the incident. Pech recounted to the court that at the night of the shooting, he saw Eric Martinez, who was armed with a firearm, arrive at the yard with Thurton. Pech further stated that he witnessed Martinez instructing both men to kneel while asking them about a stolen bicycle.  According to Pech, Thurton then took the firearm from Martinez and shot both men. Thurton told the court that at the time of the incident, he was at his house on Frederick Street, an account which was corroborated by his sister.  However, Justice Lucas did not believe Thurton’s testimony and found him guilty.  Brannon was jointly charged with Thurton, but his attorney Anthony Sylvester successfully made a no-case submission.

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