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May 26, 2011

Not Guilty for murder and manslaughter

Harrison Smith

A jury of seven women and five men went into deliberation ten minutes after midday to decide the fate of twenty-nine year old Harrison Smith, who is charged with the 2007 murder of Lionel Welcome. Four hours passed before the jurors emerged with unanimous Not Guilty verdicts for both murder and the alternative manslaughter charge. Welcome earned a living washing cars in downtown Belize City and that’s also where he met his death. He was stabbed once on the chest at around two a.m. on December twelfth, 2007. The main witness, Lyndon Sutherland, who worked as a security guard for two hot dog vendors, testified that he saw a man riding towards Albert Street and shortly after, he saw Welcome yelling for help while collapsing near Hofius store. The testimonies of three police officers were considered circumstantial evidence since none of them witnessed the incident. Justice Adolph Lucas also noted that there were inconsistencies in the testimonies because while Sutherland claimed Welcome’s last words were that a young man just stabbed him, the officers said he called Smith’s name. Smith was previously tried in 2009 for Welcome’s murder, but on July fifteenth, the jury was discharged and a retrial was ordered after Sutherland said in court that he knew the accused from prison. At the end of that trial Judge Lucas ruled that the statement was prejudicial to the case.

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4 Responses for “Not Guilty for murder and manslaughter”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    Huh? If he knew the man from jail, that’s not prejudicial, it’s just a fact. I am sure the jurors did not believe they were dealing with a boy scout. So the bloodshed will go on because the streets will do the Court’s job.

  2. Heny says:

    BZNinCALI
    it is prejudicial because it is an irrelevant factor to consider. your supposed to find a person guilty based on the evidence of the crime not based on the person’s past. I could steal 10 dollars today, go to jail, and never do a criminal act for 10 years so why should i be falsely convicted for a crime because i went to prison 10 years earlier for stealing the 10 dollars? u feel me?

  3. Storm says:

    I’m betting a guilty man walked free. Who will he kill next? When will we gain the courage and integrity to do justice and end the slaughter?

    Maybe it’s time for a great flood here, or hellfire and brimstone, like Sodom and Gomorrah.

  4. ANDY says:

    I THINK THE JURY , NEED TO BE EDUCATED THEM PUT PEOPLE WITH NO SENSE …THATS WHY MURDERS ARE SET LOOSE CAUSE THEM MAKE WRONG DECISIONS……..

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