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Mar 1, 2021

Murder Trial for Patrick Harris Resumes on Thursday

The murder trial of Patrick Harris will proceed on Thursday in the Belize City Supreme Court after Justice Herbert Lord ruled today that the submissions made during a voir dire were not strong enough to throw the matter out.  Harris’ attorney, Oscar Selgado had made several submissions last week over whether the court should allow the identification procedure that the police applied in its evidence gathering against Harris.  Selgado’s arguments raised last week included that his client had refused to be included in an identification parade and that his identification was made without his consent.  But the prosecution, headed by Crown Counsel Portia Ferguson, argued that the police have a right as well to carry out a group identification, which is done differently from an I.D. parade.  The crown was able to convince the court that it carried out the identification by legitimate standards. The case will resume on Thursday when the prosecution is expected to call its first set of witnesses to testify. Harris is charged with the December 2016 murder of Dillon Grinage in Sand Hill Village.

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