Arturo Eck convicted of murder
A man who allegedly confessed to killing a man because of a sexual act was yesterday convicted of murder. Twenty-two year old Arturo Eck faces a maximum sentence of life behind bars as a result of the 2007 murder of forty-nine year old Eugenio Tzul. Tzul, a resident of San Joaquin village, was found badly beaten, strangled to death with a wire, and sodomized with a metal antenna. Eck who was nineteen at the time of the incident on November seventeenth, 2007, told police in a caution statement that he killed Tzul because he (Tzul) had taken advantage of him in a sexual manner. Police initially arrested and charge two men, Eck and Isair Martinez, but the charge of murder was later withdrawn from Martinez. A jury of twelve, who started deliberations shortly before noon yesterday, returned a guilty verdict just after three p.m. In his defense, Eck, from the dock, denied the allegations that he had killed Tzul and said that he was forced to sign the caution statement by the police. But in the end, the caution statement was admitted into evidence. The trial took place in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court in front of Justice Michelle Arana. A mitigation plea has been set for June thirtieth, 2010. Eck was represented by Attorney, Hubert Elrington. The prosecutor, representing the D.P.P.’s office, was Senior Crown Council, Cecil Ramirez.