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Jun 18, 2012

Family of accused murderers says they’re innocent

William Vasquez

As we reported earlier in our newscast, three persons were arrested and charged for Friday night’s shooting on Maskall road that claimed the life of Joseph Myers and left three others injured. Late this afternoon, the trio; brothers: twenty-eight year old William Vasquez and twenty-five year old Clinton Fitzgibbon Harris along with their cousin, twenty-nine year old Andy “Ants Head” Forbes, were jointly charged with one count of Murder and three counts of Attempted Murder. All three were represented by Attorney Simeon Sampson when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. No plea was taken from either of the accused and they were remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until July eighteenth.  But the family of the trio says that they are wrongfully accused—at least in the case of Vasquez and Forbes. They claim that the two were drinking at the family home a distance away on Neal Pen Road Extension.

Clinton Harris

The family also says that in the wake of the shooting and murder, on Sunday night, several shots were fired at their home. News Five spoke with sister and cousin of the murder suspects, Sherlyn Fitzgibbon, after the hearing.

 

Sherlyn Fitzgibbon, Sister & Cousin of Murder Suspects

“We don’t know why they get charged. Dehn say that people di go in give statement that they do it. Talkings say that dah two gunman, then they say it’s one, but there are three persons charged for it. I know for a fact, my bredda, William Vasquez, and my cousin, Andy Forbes mi deh home. I can’t give account for my next bredda cause I neva see him for the night. But the two weh I know mi deh home, dah me tell dehn shooting happen. Dehn not even mi know; they were home drinking.  I just lost wah bredda and now one just gone fi murder.  GSU run up ina fi we house di ask fi wah Olivia Brown. We show them Olivia Brown which dha my ma. They still gone ina the house di look ‘round and look ‘round. We di ask them who dehn di look fah, weh dehn di look fah. We noh get no reply. They walk back out and gone. And after than thing, like fifteen or twenty minutes when I deh down dah my bredda, two truck full of CIB come and say they just wah ker my bredda dehn fi P.I.—he and Andy—said that they will ker them for P.I. and let them go in forty-eight. Before fi dehn forty-eight up, you hear dehn di get charged fi murder and attempted murder.”

 

Sherlyn Fitzgibbon

Duane Moody

“Police are saying it’s gang rivalry.”

 

Sherlyn Fitzgibbon

“From weh gang? Weh part ah down fi we side of Pen road got wah gang. My bredda dehn neva yet hang pan wah gang.”

 

Duane Moody

“Less than forty-eight hours after, shots rang out at your home; at your mom’s home. What happened? Tell us about that.”

 

Sherlyn Fitzgibbon

Andy Forbes Sr.

“We mi deh ina fi we bed like say five or ten-past-ten. I sleep ina the front room; me and my two kids and my lee sister. We sleep with fi we head towards the street. Gunshot ring up over fi we house. I have to grab my two kids and my sister and di try drop pan the ground. First time ina my life I get dehn fright deh di shake. We call police mussi like twenty times. Police reach mussi like half an hour after.”

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6 Responses for “Family of accused murderers says they’re innocent”

  1. Storm says:

    Give them a fair and impartial HANGING.

  2. Rod says:

    March march belizeans.

  3. Nova says:

    I have ZERO sympathy for these people…ZERO…..if the police harass you so much, for sure it’s not for behaving bad in Sunday school. It’s a pity murder charges can’t stick to these idiots.

  4. now i see says:

    Yes they are inocent the ones to get blame is the stupid parents for bringing them to this world.

  5. Sasha says:

    So sad, everybody is always innocent even if they committed the crime, get a lawyer & the case is dismissed, Belizean Justice for you.

  6. by-stander says:

    i see the whole shoting wi happen and i see d gun man den face so i wa de da court fa help them although i dont no them ppl jus dont like to see black ppl rise so they accuse them inncently giv them boys a chance…………

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