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Feb 27, 2012

Trial begins for Attempted Murder of Rodwell Williams

With the murder of Ricky Valencia last Wednesday, Akeem Thurton now stands alone on trial for the Attempted Murder of Attorney Rodwell Williams, the law partner of the prime minister. It’s the first trial without jury and after delays over legal representation, it finally started today before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. Williams was called to testify by D.P.P. Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, and for the first time since May thirty-first, 2010, he recounted the near fatal shooting. Williams gave specific details about the ordeal, saying that at seven-twenty p.m. he exited his office, accompanied by a security guard. As they headed toward the parking lot, the security guard noticed two men on separate bicycles ride past slowly. They stopped near a street lamp where one dropped his bike and got into a struggle with the security guard. According to Williams, the second man, who had a firearm, told him, “Why don’t you just give the man what he came for?” Williams says he didn’t know the man was speaking to him until the gun was pointed at him. A single shot was fired and he felt a pain in the side of his abdomen before he fell to the ground. According to the attorney, he got a good look at the gunman, who then jumped onto his bicycle and rode off.  Before leaving the stand, he told the court that on September twenty-eighth he picked out Akeem Thurton from an ID parade. Thurton remains unrepresented and is now putting the blame on Valencia, since he has been killed. But Williams maintains that he saw Thurton pull the trigger. Chief Justice Benjamin adjourned the matter for March fifth. The DPP intends to call fifteen witnesses.  Two others, Catherine Michaels and Tyler Arnold, took the stand after Williams.

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6 Responses for “Trial begins for Attempted Murder of Rodwell Williams”

  1. Storm says:

    Throw away the key. With Valencia KIA, and Thurton in prison until he dies, Belize will be a little safer place.

  2. Rod says:

    Why did they shoot rod well why is this information not brought out tell us why he was targeted.

  3. islander says:

    Rod at times defense attorney’s loose cases. In those cases the criminals try to attack the attorney blaming them for being in jail.

  4. inquiring minds says:

    who ordered the hit?

  5. Justice says:

    since he is an attorney, he is giving specific details, he knows what is needed to bring closure to this case. This guy will go to jail for a long time, and he should spend a long long time there too. when we start convicting and make life after conviction miserable for them, they will stop killing and holding society hostage.

  6. Bgroovy says:

    People take note …This witness no fraid fu u……consider you self found guilty…

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