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Oct 1, 2013

Ex-cop found guilty of manslaughter by negligence

Burton Caliz

After deliberating since midday today, a jury of seven women and two men delivered a verdict to determine the fate of interdicted cop, Burton Caliz.  Caliz was accused of manslaughter but the jury decided this evening that Caliz was in fact guilty of Manslaughter by Negligence.  Caliz was initially charged with manslaughter back in March 2004 and placed on indictment on June twenty-first, 2005. The charge was upgraded to murder and his eight thousand dollar bail was revoked and he was remanded to prison. He was later tried and found guilty of manslaughter instead of murder and on March twenty-first, 2007, he was sentenced to ten years. That conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal and a retrial ordered.  Caliz’s retrial for the manslaughter of Leroy Pilgrim began on September eighteenth before Justice Troadio Gonzalez. About eight witnesses were called including Sanjay Pilgrim, the brother of the deceased. Sanjay testified that on the day of incident, he was on a boat in the San Juan area of San Pedro, when Leroy arrived. PC Vidal Cajun and Caliz then arrived in separate golf carts.  According to Sanjay, both officers approached his brother and searched him and that Caliz placed a firearm on Leroy’s head. He also testified that Caliz then pushed Leroy into the water, and shot him in the back of the head. Caliz, who was represented by Attorney, Dickie Bradley disputed Sanjay’s statement saying that he was being set-up adding that the firearm belonged to PC Vidal Cajun. Caliz also said that Leroy pulled him into the water and that and the firearm eventually went off. Sentencing is set for October tenth where mitigation pleas will be heard on his behalf.  Attorney Dickie Bradley has indicated to the court that they will appeal today’s verdict.

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1 Response for “Ex-cop found guilty of manslaughter by negligence”

  1. Al says:

    Dickie Bradley, I believe even if a murderer is found blowing the smoke from the end of the gun you would plead not guilty. Can every witness in every murder that you become involved with be innocent. The brother of this man saw who shot his brother, but you defend this man as if he is a saint. At what point does an attorney say to his client, look you did this thing plead to a lesser charge. How do you live with yourself knowing that a murderer is set free to kill again. Do you ever share the guilt and some blame when these scums kill again?

    The blood of murdered people are on your hands as well as those who pulled the trigger. Spend your money well, because hell awaits.

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