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Jul 3, 2019

A murder trial comes to end as main witness turns hostile

Eldon Flowers

In the courts, the murder trial of twenty-year-old Eldon Flowers is coming to an end. Today, the crown represented by Senior Crown Counsel for the D.P.P.’s office, Shanice Lovelle, closed her case after calling more than eight  witnesses to the stand. The biggest hurdle has been over the crown’s main witness, who turned hostile and told the court he did not remember giving a statement to the police in which he initially claimed he saw Eldon Flowers as the shooter who ambushed him and his friends. The shooting occurred in January, 2017 when nineteen-year-old Randolph Johnson was killed. Defence attorney, Herbert Panton told Justice Colin Williams who is presiding over the trial by judge without jury, that he will be making a no-case submission on behalf of Flowers based on the evidence presented by the crown.  Flowers was further remanded to the Belize Central Prison until Monday, July eighth, 2019. Since the trial began, Adrian Avaloy disassociated himself from his statement on which police relied for the murder charge. Avaloy had claimed that he recognized Flowers as the gunman who fired shots at him and his friends when they were fishing. Avaloy told the court that he signed a statement, but that he did not read the contents.  In the end, Justice Colin Williams allowed Avaloy’s statement into evidence and today it was read out. Another witness, Jamil Pollard admitted that while he signed a statement he was forced to do so by the police. A decision is expected next week.


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