18 year old is charged from ruthless downtown murder of deportee
While no arrests have been made in the past weekend’s murder, one man was charged today for the murder of twenty-three year old Michael Garbutt, who was killed in a most heinous manner in broad daylight and in the heavily trafficked downtown area. Today, the man police believe shot Garbutt three times to the head at point blank range was charged for his murder. The suspect is eighteen year Dennis Robert Matura, a resident of Wagner’s Lane, which is just about two blocks away from where Garbutt was killed. Matura was arraigned Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith, where he was unrepresented, but had relatives present in court, who were emotional because they believe he is innocent. Matura has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison where he will remain until his case goes to a preliminary inquiry, which is set to begin on June first.
Garbutt was murdered on April fourth, at about fifteen minutes before three o’clock in the afternoon. He had just finished smoking a cigarette in front of Dee Dee’s restaurant and was walking toward a vehicle when the gunman walked up from behind and shot him once in the head. After Garbutt fell, the assailant stood over him and shot him two more times in the head. It was a gruesome scene and was especially traumatizing for Garbutt’s aunt, who was visiting him from the US and was waiting for him in the vehicle when she witnessed his murder. Garbutt was deported to Belize from Los Angeles in June 2011 after serving time for firearm related offenses.