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Mar 20, 2020

Corporal Kent Martinez is Committed to Stand Trial for Manslaughter

Kent Martinez

A police corporal, who allegedly shot and killed a teacher as he drove in a vehicle in downtown Belize City last July, was today committed to stand trial in the June session of the Belize City Supreme Court.  Corporal Kent Martinez is accused of the shooting death of Allison Major, who was struck to the back of his head as he drove a pick-up truck on Regent Street on the approach to the Belize City Swing Bridge.  The incident happened on the afternoon of July sixteenth, 2019. Special prosecutor in the preliminary inquiry is attorney Alifah Elrington, who convinced Magistrate Stephanie Gillett that there is sufficient material to bring a case against Martinez. Among the evidence are twenty-one statements from police officers, including video images from the scene.  Magistrate Gillett ruled that Martinez will face trial for manslaughter.  The fatal shooting began with a high-speed chase on South Street when police, in a mobile patrol vehicle, pursued Major, who was driving a pick-up truck.  The chase continued on to Regent Street and ended when Major was shot in the back of the head as he passed in front of the Commercial Centre.  The gunshot wound caused him to slam into a passenger bus before coming to a stop.  He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he later died from the gunshot injury. Martinez’s trial is set to start on June sixteenth.

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