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Dec 5, 2011

5 men acquitted of Murder

For a month five men were on trial for the murder of twenty year old Randy Coye. Late Friday night, a jury of twelve emerged from the deliberating room and announced that the five were found not guilty.  It is believed that there were six perpetrators involved in the brutal killing; Edwin Flowers, Bandon Smith, Kenroy Humes, Deshane Mena and Leon Gray were charged while twenty-one year old Emmanuel Willoughby was given immunity for his testimony. And while Willoughby told the court a vivid tale of how the gruesome murder was committed, the jury didn’t believe him and acquitted the five men of the charge. During trial, the accused men gave dock statements, denying any involvement in Coye’s death and had alibi witnesses to vouch for them. Mena claims he was in detention at the Queen Street Police Station on the day of the murder and was released forty-eight hours later. His alibi witnesses were his mother and his girlfriend who corroborated his claims that he was with them after he was released. Humes’ girlfriend testified that he was at home sleeping that night and when she left for work, he stayed home with their daughter, who was sick. Gray’s mother also claimed that he was at home with his girlfriend while Smith’s grandmother told the court that he was at her house recovering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Flowers also called his mother and girlfriend to the stand to say that he was at home with his daughter. The murder occurred on October second, 2009 at the Lord Ridge Cemetery. Coye was beaten with a head stone, stabbed, shot and left to die. His body was recovered on October fifth.

Following the verdict, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, issued a statement on the granting of immunity to Willoughby in exchange for his testimony. Vidal says that “The decision was taken in the public interest as the evidence disclosed that six persons were involved in the planning and execution of the murder of Coye and without the accomplice’s evidence, no attempt could even have been made to have anyone brought to justice.” The D.P.P. explains that the use of accomplices in this manner is legally permissible. She also notes that two of the suspects were discharged during the preliminary inquiry due to insufficient evidence, but her office took the matter for review before the Supreme Court and they were committed to stand trial. Putting Willoughby’s evidence before a jury was the only option and according to Vidal, “It remained in their province to decide whether they wished to rely on that evidence. In the end, they rejected it. Despite our own views on the matter, it was within their power to do so and so we can take no issue with that.”

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12 Responses for “5 men acquitted of Murder”

  1. The public will judge says:

    brandon smith was in front of brick city barber shop with emmanuel wiloughby when leon gray called him and told him to go to his- leon gray yard.Now I have this written and sworn statement in my possession,.I am so sorry for Randy Coye’s family when they read what he went through before they killed him ,no one deserved to die like that.Karma wa come quick.

  2. The public will judge says:

    no one in their right sences will dirty their hands on them God will take care of that.

  3. crying for peace says:

    sad outcome. These murdering criminals get to walk out free. Soon the witness who testified against them will be missing cause this brutal group will kill him. Where is the justice in belize

  4. justice says:

    BRANDON SMITH IS OUT, THE CITY BACK TO MAD VIOLENCE.

  5. deep south says:

    I do agree that there is no justice in Belize any more by the Barrow administrator, he always say that he is stopping crime, at the same time, he is supporting crime by way of supporting the gang war, people we need to do something against what is happening with us in our country, he is changing all kinds of LAWS but do not put it to work, Mr. Barrow either you stop crime or step down.

  6. Burn them says:

    when GOD distrou SODOMA and GOMORA why do he did it, it is because of their dirty way of living , man married to another man and women married to another woman, therefore, why should the Barrow Administration change the law, is he greater than GOD, who made him? Mr. Barrow don’t listen to those animals, as what Mr Boots Martinez say, how can you love another another man, that is dirty.
    we say no to changing of the Law

  7. Earl Grey says:

    WHAT WAS THE JURY SMOKING???????????????????

  8. Storm says:

    Law enforcement and prosecution here is a disgrace!

    People kill with no fear of punishment, and crime pays.

    Our ministers should look in the mirror and be ashamed of their incompetence.

  9. far cry says:

    the same that they serve will come back to them in kind.they take man life fi play.set them free.they will meet them creater same way.we here in Jamacia see this thing all the time.they were better off being hang no way they safe man the public know them and what they did.Punta Gorda is waiting for you.

  10. WESTERNMERMAID says:

    SHAME, SHAME SHAME, AND THE KILLING WILL CONTINUE, THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE CANNOT BE STOPPED NOW , THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE CONTINUES.
    SHAME ON THE LAWYERS THAT DEFEND THESE MEN!!!!

    SMOKEY JOE WAS RIGHT, MONEY TALKS BS WALKS!!!!!

  11. 2 cents says:

    R.I.P Mr. Willoughby.

  12. Cliff says:

    never left your case in the hands of a snitch

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