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Jul 21, 2009

Freed of Attempted Murder and shot on the same day

Story PictureTurning to crime news, there has not been a murder to report in the past few days and that in itself is news, but a shooting in Belize City could have turned deadly for a man who is no stranger to the dangerous streets. If his name, Delroy Matura, sounds familiar, it’s because he has been in and out of courts and even the emergency room on several occasions. He has faced charges from as far back as 2002. In 2006 he was charged for keeping a firearm and eventually was charged that same year with two counts of the attempted murder of twenty-three year old Sigmund Trapp and twenty-two year old Dean Williams. While out on bail, he was shot in abdomen, back, chest and leg in March of 2008. His recovery at that time was considered miraculous. On Monday, both Matura and Williams were freed of the attempted murder charges because the victims refused to testify. Williams was remanded to continue serving time for a previous conviction but Matura’s freedom was cut short. At about twelve-thirty-five p.m., he was standing in front of number four Caesar Ridge Road when a gunman in a dark blue tinted car with license plate number C-34041, fired several shots at him. One of the pellets hit him on the left thigh. He was admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a stable condition. This morning News Five attempted to contact Matura at the K.H.M.H. but he declined to give an interview about the incident. Sources close to the investigation say that the motive for Matura’s shooting is unknown but it is not believed to be related to the attempted murder case.

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