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Sep 16, 2015

Ex-police Acquitted of Murder

Former police officer Wilfred Garcia, accused of the murder of Luke Nunez Junior, was acquitted of that charge earlier today in the Dangriga Supreme Court.  Nunez was stabbed twice to the chest and once to the back on December twenty-sixth, 2012.  Garcia’s trial commenced back in July and after five days, Justice Denys Hanomansingh reserved decision until today.  During the trial, Garcia testified that at no time did he possess a weapon nor did he stab Nunez.  Two witnesses took the stand, including Sebastian Nunez, a relative of the deceased, who testified that he saw Garcia walking through his yard.  When he stopped Garcia to speak with him, Nunez did not observe blood on his shirt, nor did he see the accused with a knife in his hand.  Both witnesses for the crown initially told police that Garcia was wearing a t-shirt at the time of the incident.  On the witness stand however, they swore under oath that on the day of the incident Garcia had been wearing an extra large long-sleeve button down shirt.  In Justice Hanomansingh’s view, there was insufficient evidence to convict Garcia of the charged levied against him.

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