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Jul 21, 2009

Witness fails to testify in double murder trial

Story PictureThe court has ordered a bench warrant for the arrest of the main witnesses in a double murder trial. Police are on the lookout for Michael Goff, who was served with a subpoena on July fifteenth, and who was expected to testify in the case against Jamil Betancourt. Betancourt is facing two counts of Murder in the shooting death of twenty-three year Adrian Grian Espinoza, of Hibiscus Street and eighteen year Elroy Flowers of Poinsetta Street. The double murder took place on January twenty-seventh, 2007. Goff is the main witness and a victim in the case. Both men were shot execution style while sitting in an apartment on Poinsettia Street playing a video game. Goff, who was present at the time, gave police a statement. On Monday, a jury of eight women and four men, were empanelled before Justice Michelle Arana in the Supreme Court, but after Senior Crown Council Cecil Ramirez noted that Goff failed to show up, he asked the court for an adjournment. Today Goff failed again to show up and Ramirez asked the court for more time and said that the police had made efforts to locate Goff. A Police Corporal attached to the Prosecution Branch in Belize City, took the stand this morning and testified that he personally served Goff with the subpoena to appear in court. The case has been adjourned for this Thursday.

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