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Feb 5, 2013

Not Guilty of Murder; minor’s 4 years in prison

Shaquille Jones

When he was a minor, Shaquille Jones was charged for double murder. Normally, the name of a minor can’t be used in the news, but Jones was charged as an adult and it has been four years since the murder. The now nineteen year old man had his day in court today. Jones was accused of murdering twenty-nine year old Jermaine Trapp and eighteen year old Cameron Blease near the Princess Hotel on December twenty-sixth, 2008.  The crown closed its case on Monday, February fourth. His attorney, Arthur Saldivar, submitted a no case submission on the basis that the evidence brought against him was insufficient. The court agreed and today he was freed after being in prison for the past four years. According to Saldivar, there was no evidence against his client as the mother of one of the dead men could not corroborate police testimony.


Arthur Saldivar, Attorney for Shaquille Jones

Arthur Saldivar

“Shaquille Jones has no criminal history. The police have all indicated on the stand that they do not know of any conviction that this man has. In fact, it just begs to question how we are doing things in law enforcement here in Belize. Basically you have a young man who has spent a number of years at the Kolbe Facility only now to be cleared. No fingerprint evidence was taken to connect the suspect with anything at the scene. No one saw who did this incident and in fact these people were not enemies; they were friends and had no history of violence with one another.”


Jose Sanchez

“At the time of the arrest, what was the basis for the actual incarceration?”


Arthur Saldivar

“This is the thing, the police contended that they received information from the deceased person as to who did the shooting, but the mother of the deceased in court stated that she was with her son at his bedside from three-thirty-five a.m. when he got there to eight a.m.; saw the police come there and did not see her son sign any paper. Now, she also said that her son’s hands were ripped because he held a barbed wire and they had to bandage the hand. He could not hold a pen or a broom for that instance. So the police’s contention that they had gotten a statement from this person was very dubious; very, very dubious.”


Jose Sanchez 

“Now does that bring into question the officer who received this statement? Were they any questions forwarded as to how that signature was obtained?”


Arthur Saldivar

“Yes that was strongly contended. It was not a signature; they said this man placed an X on the paper. He also said the person did not have any bandages when he had got there. But for all intent and purposes, the person was in the hospital for more than an hour before they approached him supposedly when they did the interview. In their statement, they were saying that the deceased was going in and out of consciousness, but still they never indicated when he was going in and out of consciousness—whether it was when they were reading to him what they said he told them or when he was actually giving them this supposed interview.”


Jose Sanchez

“And the mother of that person was there also and never witnessed this?”


Arthur Saldivar

“Never witnessed any statement being taken from her son.” 

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7 Responses for “Not Guilty of Murder; minor’s 4 years in prison”

  1. Storm says:

    I’d rather hear the facts from a prosecutor than a lawyer paid to lie or do whatever it takes to acquit a killer.

  2. Al says:

    If he committed those murders, guess what, he was just given a licence to kill again. I will mark his name on my calendar, and I will track to see how long it will take him to kill again or be killed. It is so sad but this is the cycle. These attorneys take blood money,.

  3. Frank Smith says:

    This is another sad day for Belize, another murderer walk free to kill again what a revolving door. Oh well, this will continue until the Belizean people says enough is enough. What a message this sends to the killers in Belize; small crime doesn’t pay if you want to get off do big crime kill someone and you wall free break into someone’s house, and you go to jail for a long time say about 10 to 20 years Wow! Belize is truly a backward country.

  4. aij says:

    storm for every guilty man getting off there are just as many innocent people being arrested and tried by the police. you always seem to put your faith in 1 side.

  5. CURIOUS says:

    Who pays these lawyers? Everyday we see the worst of these criminal being represented by high paid lawyers. How do the afford it?

  6. curious says:

    Guilty or inocent.. Who pays the legal fees.?

  7. Storm says:

    @Aij, I didn’t really take a side on this case, too little information. But I know that DEFENSE lawyers take an oath to do whatever is in the best interest of their CLIENT, even if he’s guilty. Prosecutors take an oath to do whatever is in the best interest of JUSTICE. So I want to hear from the prosecutor.

    Between prosecutors and gangsters, I’ll usually line up with the law,

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