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Jul 2, 2015

Breaking News – Dionicio Salazar Not Guilty of Murder

And just before seven o’clock tonight, Dionicio Salazar learnt his fate in his third trial for the murder of Rodney August. As we said earlier in the newscast, a jury had been deliberating all afternoon and has now determined that Salazar is not guilty of murder or manslaughter. This ends Salazar’s third trial for Rodney’s murder. His first trial was back in 2006 when he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life by Justice Adolph Lucas. On appeal, he was successful in getting his sentence overturned and a retrial was ordered. Longsworth was a main witness in that trial. Then on retrial in 2010, before Justice Herbert Lord, Longsworth did not testify, but the prosecution was able to lay as evidence the transcript from the first trial and part of Longsworth’s statement.  That, however, led to a no case submission being upheld by Judge Lord, setting Salazar free.  In the third trial, Longsworth also did not testify. But tonight, Salazar is still not free because he has another murder charge pending before the courts.

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