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Jul 23, 2019

Pastor Lucas’ DNA Found on Clothing Worn by Three Accused Killers

A shocking new disclosure was made today during the murder trial of William ‘Danny’ Mason, who stands accused, along with four others, of beheading Pastor Llewellyn Lucas in July 2016.  This morning, a forensic analyst employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation took the stand via a Skype call from the United States and later gave expert testimony in respect of D.N.A. evidence found on the clothing of three of the co-accused men.  According to the F.B.I. analyst, genetic material from Lucas’ blood was found on garments worn by Ernest Castillo, as well as brothers Keiron and Terrence Fernandez.  That revelation is a new development in the case which resumed in Belize City on Monday with testimony being provided by a local Scenes of Crime technician.  Late this evening, Mason’s defense counsel, attorney Dexter Todd, spoke very briefly on the admission of new evidence and what bearing, if any, it will have on his client’s case.  Todd was accompanied in the interview by attorney Bryan Neal.

 

Dexter Todd, Attorney for Danny Mason

Dexter Todd

“All that took place basically is that, as you would recognize, there were various samples that were taken by your forensic specialists here.  Those samples were sent to the U.S. and they were analyzed by the FBI laboratory technicians who are specialists in the field.  So all you have transpiring is the findings of the specialist at the FBI lab, from the FBI lab in relation to the exhibits that were sent.”

 

Reporter

“Mr. Neal, this is probably a new thing for the Belize jurisdiction to have this kind of DNA evidence presented in court.  How does our system handle this kind of evidence, what provisions are there in the evidence act to deal with this kind of evidence?”

 

Bryan Neal

Bryan Neal, Attorney

“Well the DPP was just telling me a while ago in court that this is the third case that DNA testing has been tried in.  DNA is an international standard that is used so that we accept DNA evidence, but what we have in Belize, the problem is the collection of samples that are eventually tested.  So I think that the local authorities need to focus their attention on collecting evidence in a more legally sound manner.”

 

Reporter

“That evidence that was led today by the DPP will of course be challenged by you and your colleagues.”

 

Bryan Neal

“To be quite honest, I have to do some research tonight because, as you say,  DNA is a new and groundbreaking area in Belize, so I haven’t had any experience with DNA results.  So I have to see and verify if what this witness said today can withstand the scrutiny of the law.  So I would have to do some research on that point.”


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