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Apr 9, 2014

The murder trial of Leon Gomez wraps up

Leon Gomez

In the Supreme Court today, the murder trial of Leon Gomez was summed up by Justice Adolph Lucas and at news time, a jury was still deliberating. Gomez, a Belize City youth at the age of eighteen was charged with the murder of Salvador Martinez which occurred on January eighteenth, 2010, at the MCC grounds where a high school football game was being held. Gomez’s trial began on March twelfth and according to the prosecution’s main witness, Elton Metzken, Gomez and two of his friends approached Martinez to inquire about a purported misunderstanding between Gomez and Justin Usher. Martinez told Gomez that there wasn’t anything wrong, but Usher was called in. That subsequently led to a fight between Gomez and Martinez. In his defence, Gomez gave a testimony from the dock stating that he never stabbed the deceased, but said that during the fight, he injured someone on the hand and then fled the scene.  His testimony was similar in content to the caution statement he gave police in 2010 which was also admitted into evidence. His attorney, Alifah-Elrington-Hyde, made a no case submission on Monday of this week in which she told the court that the prosecution did not establish a prima facie case for murder against her client. Justice Adolph Lucas ruled otherwise and ordered that the accused had a case to answer for the charge of murder. Salvador Martinez was stabbed four times to the abdomen, right leg and twice to the upper chest area.

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