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Sep 26, 2003

No progress yet in O.W. murder investigation

Orange Walk police are no closer to solving the weekend murder of eighteen-year-old Russel Tillett. An autopsy performed on Thursday has yielded little in the way of help for investigators. According to Police Press Officer G. Michael Reid, the bullet retrieved from Tillett’s body was fragmented beyond recognition. Reid says the police will now turn the fragments over to the Ballistics Unit for analysis, which includes weighing, to try and figure out its calibre. Police still believe that the fatal shot to the head was fired from a revolver since no expended shell has been recovered from the crime scene. Police have also interviewed Tyrone Middleton, the owner of the car which Tillett borrowed to visit with his seventeen year old Orange Walk girlfriend on Sunday. Middleton has denied any involvement in the crime, saying that he just loaned Tillett the car. The couple was attacked around ten forty-five on Sunday night along the banks of the New River in the Louisiana area of Orange Walk Town. The seventeen year old, who somehow managed to escape from the three assailants, has described them only as Hispanic males. The funeral of Russel Tillett will take place Saturday afternoon in Crooked Tree.

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