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Sep 19, 2018

Is Calaney Flowers Headed Back to Court in Death of Ex-boyfriend Lyndon Morrison?

Calaney Flowers

Calaney Flowers was acquitted of the murder of her boyfriend Lyndon Morrison last year, having spent years behind bars awaiting trial. She visited the United States shortly after her release and is currently in detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possibly overstaying her time.  But Flowers is back in the news tonight because there is a pending notice of appeal for a retrial, which would require her to return to Belize. Flowers, according to reports, may be deported at any time. News Five’s Isani Cayetano looks back on the sensational acquittal.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Calaney Flowers was released from the Belize Central Prison a free woman on March twenty-fourth, 2017, after being acquitted of murder.  Having been on pretrial detention for fifty-six months prior to the matter being dispensed with at the Supreme Court, Flowers stood accused of killing ex-boyfriend Lyndon Morrison.  The lurid details of the incident reportedly involved Flowers bumping into the rear of Morrison’s motorcycle as he rode along Freetown Road with his girlfriend seated behind him.  Morrison, with whom the former bank teller shared a son, was flung to his death.  His girlfriend, Sochyl Sosa, was seriously injured.  At the time of the trial, Flowers was represented by Senior Counsel Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley.


Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, Attorney for Calaney Flowers [M arch 24th, 2017]

“The actual charge against Calaney Flowers is that she murdered Mr. Morrison and she attempted to murder the person riding at the back of the motorcycle.  That he could find no evidence, that he could find nothing to confirm with the legal ingredient of the crime of murder.  Murder means that you must have the intention to kill.  At some stage, it could be long time you decided that you will kill or it could be right at the spur of the moment.  He could find nothing at all in the evidence that Calaney Flowers actually formed that intention and executed it.”


As a result, Justice Troadio Gonzalez dismissed the charge brought against Flowers who had languished in prison for four and a half years before a decision was taken.  That ruling, however, was open to challenge by way of an appeal.  The emotional impact of Flowers being set free was too much for Morrison’s family to bear, especially his mother.  Colin Morrison shared his intense grief in the wake of that decision.


Colin Morrison

Colin Morrison, Brother of Deceased

“We had discussed two ways, either the murder or manslaughter.  But we definitely weren’t prepared for a case being thrown out, you know.  [We] definitely never prepared for this.”


Isani Cayetano

“How has this, on a personal note, you’ll forgive me for asking but I’ll ask nonetheless; how has this saga affected your family, in terms of the emotional loss and damages?”


Colin Morrison

“Well, it ripped out the heart of my mother, you know.  I mean, I couldn’t even imagine losing my child, much less anything else, you know, and at one point my brother was like my son when my mother was away studying, you know.”


News Five understands that Flowers subsequently left for the United States shortly after being vindicated; however, a notice of appeal has since been filed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for a retrial to be held.  Flowers, we also understand, is in detention abroad for having committed an immigration offence. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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