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May 30, 2012

Not Guilty! Men free of San Pedro Double Murder charge

Gabriel Salazar

At about five thirty this evening, a verdict was delivered in the case of four men charged for the double murder of James Swan Junior and Edwardo Gutierrez back in January 2009. The jury of twelve returned a verdict of not guilty for Murder and Manslaughter against Brionne Swift, Victor Garnett, Frank Edwards Junior and Gabriel Salazar. Deliberations began at twelve-thirty and concluded at five-thirty and the jury was not swayed by the prosecution’s main witness, Eric Swan, James’ brother, who testified last week.

Frank Edwards Jr.

Swan never saw the men shoot the two victims but only heard the shots and claims he was held hostage while they were murdered. The murders occurred in the Rocky Point, Bacalar Chico area, fifteen miles from San Pedro Town and the bodies were later found in a shallow grave. The homicides were allegedly motivated by a cocaine wet drop. Two of the four accused men gave sworn testimonies while the other two gave dock statements; all claiming that Eric fabricated the story. Garnett and Swift, who spoke from the dock, both said they were not at the crime scene. Garnett claims he was in Belize City while Swift said he was on the island but at home. Salazar and Edwards, Eric’s cousins, also claimed they were not a part of the murder. The jury found the four not guilty and Judge Herbert Lord dismissed them, except for Salazar who has a pending matter before the court.

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5 Responses for “Not Guilty! Men free of San Pedro Double Murder charge”

  1. Storm says:

    Well, we still have two murdered people there, so justice still needs to be served. When killers escape justice, it feeds the cycle of violence that is destroying the Jewel.

  2. Islander says:

    It won’t be long before another murder or two happen in San Pedro with direct relation of both sides of this case.

  3. Tanya says:

    SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE… OUR COUNTRY BEING INGOBERNABLE AND UNDER HOSTAGE IN ALL THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT.. EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE AND JUDICIARY. THEY THREATEN AND WE BOW TO THEIR COMMAND…

  4. toledo says:

    Its dissappointing 4 drug dealers walked away free. Drugs literally kills people and destroy families. I know the cousins. Very soon, the cousins will be in the news again. They were part of the robbery gone bad in Big Falls in which business man Francis Johnson was shot dead. They are also connected to the bank robbery in Cayo. These criminals are lazy. They want easy money. Sad to say this, but expect a tragedy from these freed criminals……

  5. Eye in the Sky says:

    Tricky Dickie does it again. This is his payback to Belize for not voting him into office.

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