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Dec 27, 2006

Officer accused of murder meets bail

Story PictureTonight a police officer accused of murder is out on bail following special proceedings on Saturday morning in the Supreme Court. According to court reports, Justice Troadio Gonzalez granted Police Constable Jesus Maroquin bail of twenty-five thousand dollars following arguments by the officer’s attorney, Dickie Bradley. Bradley pointed out that while Magistrates are prevented from granting bail to accused murderers, the Supreme Court’s powers have unlimited jurisdiction. To bolster his arguments, Bradley pointed out that his client may use self-defence as justification for the victim’s death. For her part, Crown Counsel Merlene Matute maintained that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions did not object to bail for the defendant. We understand that the officer’s plea was also supported by the fact that he did not flee the country prior to his arrest. Maroquin is charged with the September twenty-seventh murder of Egbert Gordon Junior in Los Lagos.

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