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Oct 8, 2020

Raheem Marsden is Arraigned for Mister Program’s Murder

Today, the body of popular artist Gilbert Alamilla, known as Mister Program, was interned at the Lord Ridge Cemetery in Belize City. As the funeral was making it way to the cemetery, a second suspect, who was wanted by police for almost a week, was arraigned at the Magistrate Court for his murder. Raheem Marsden appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser and was remanded to the central prison until December fourth.  Clayton White was first to be charged for the murder. News Five’s Duane Moody reports from the courthouse.


Duane Moody, Reporting

After ten o’clock this morning, twenty-eight-year-old Ladyville resident Raheem Marsden was taken out of the cell block and into the courtroom of Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was arraigned for a single count of murder in the stabbing death of Mister Program, Gilbert Alamilla, who was killed in the wee hours of October second. The charge is indictable so no plea was taken and because bail could not be offered, he was remanded to the central prison until December fourth.


Raheem Marsden

Oscar Selgado, Attorney for Raheem Marsden

“Raheem Marsden was arraigned this morning, for one count of murder; the murder of Gilbert Alamilla, which occurred sometime last week.”


In the wake of the murder, a wanted poster was issued for the arrest of Marsden, who could not be located. According to attorney Oscar Selgado, he has been retained by the family and he then took Marsden into the police station after which the charge was levelled.


Oscar Selgado

Oscar Selgado

“My client wasn’t evading police custody. My client has no knowledge of the murder. I am the attorney retained by the family of that person, by Raheem Marsden and his aunt. I am the attorney for that family retained on an annual basis. So that when I saw the wanted poster, I contacted him and his common-law wife and I said to him, you are wanted and I took him in. But he wasn’t evading police custody; he was in his own privacy elsewhere.”


Earlier this week, police went on record to say that Clayton White had been charged for the crime of murder; the information gathered from the investigation suggests that Marsden threatened White to stab Alamilla or he would be stabbed.


Hilberto Romero

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Police have since arrested and charged Clayton White for the crime of murder and we are seeking one more person in connection to this murder.”



“As I understand it, Clayton White is the person who allegedly inflicted the fatal stab wounds but he allegedly did so that the instruction of another man. We have seen a wanted poster as well for another individual – so is this person still wanted?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Yes. He is still wanted.”


Gilbert "Mr. Program" Alamilla


“Why did Mr. Marsden allegedly instruct Mr. White to stab Alamilla or himself be stabbed?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“The information we have is that the individual came there and threatened to kill the persons at the house at the time and at some point he gave some instruction to this individual who committed this murder – that is the information we have.”


Looking at the case summary, Selgado believes that the prosecutors erred in the charge levelled against Marsden.


Clayton White

Oscar Selgado

“My concern is that the summary of facts that was given was very scant. It’s a summary, but it does not disclose sufficient evidence from a prima facie point of view to hold my client for murder. As you know, the police has gone on the national media and said that Clayton White was charged for murder because Clayton White gave certain statements to the police. In my opinion and what I have advised my client just to remain silent—to observe his right to remain silent—and when trial comes, this will be another of the wasted efforts by the state because of poor prosecution skills and poor investigation by the police. The police already said on the media Clayton White stab up the man, Clayton White gave a statement to the police; now we are here charging Raheem Marsden. I won’t tell the police what they could have done or what they should have done; that’s their job. We have five or six lawyers in the police department now being paid by the state, so let them do their job.”


Duane Moody

“Sir are you saying that murder should not have been the charge laid against your client?”


Oscar Selgado

“What I am saying is the facts disclosed does not support any charge for murder. If that is the allegation that the police have, that my client aided, abetted, conspired; then there is aiding and abetting, there’s conspiracy to murder, but nothing from a prima facie view to suggest murder. He wasn’t even found on the scene. There is no evidence that links him to the crime scene, except the word of Clayton White.”


A preliminary inquiry will be held to determine if there is compelling evidence to forward the matter to the Supreme Court. Duane Moody for News Five.


Twenty-one-year-old Rasheed Maskall was also arraigned for the murder of O’Neil Ferguson in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court today. He appeared before Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson and was also remanded to the central prison in Hattieville until December seventeenth. Maskall is charged for the September fourth murder of Ferguson who was shot and killed inside a house in the Windmill Area of Hattieville Village. Maskall allegedly opened fire on Ferguson and his girlfriend on that tragic night; the deceased was hit as many as eight times to the head and body and later pronounced dead at the K.H.M.H.

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