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Jul 11, 2008

Cop found guilty of killing common-law wife

Story PictureThe murder trial of forty-five year old Police Constable Jose Zetina culminated today with a guilty verdict. A jury of six men and six women deliberated for less than three hours and found the ex-cop guilty of the gruesome murder of his pregnant common-law wife, Rosa Isabel Mejia. The murder occurred on November twenty-ninth, 2004 at the couple’s residence in Santa Elena Town. In the course of the trial, which began last week, police testified that on arrival at the home of the couple, they found the body of eighteen year old Rosa on the bed with a knife still wedged in her throat. A medical forensic expert would reveal that the wound killed her almost immediately and that there were several other injuries to Rosa’s body, which were inflicted by a machete after she was already dead. The prosecution, represented by Crown Counsel Tracy Sosa, called a total of seven witnesses; among them were the victim’s brother, Juan Mejia, who testified that Zetina shun him out of the house after his sister had called him for help. Two police officers also testified that Zetina confessed to beating up and murdering his common-law wife out of extreme provocation after he caught her with another man.

But when Zetina took the stand, he denied killing Mejia, claiming that while he was in the bathroom he heard her having an altercation with an unknown person and upon re-entering the house saw a dark red substance appearing to be blood on the floor. Zetina said he went to investigate and that’s when he found his wife lying dead. The jury did not buy that story and unanimously decided on a guilty verdict. This evening family members of the victim were satisfied and relieved with the verdict.

Oneyda Flores
“How do you feel that the trial went? Do you think that it was a fair trial?”

Juan Antonio Mejia, Victim’s Brother
“Yeah we feel good umm the justice did well. I wanna thank the jury for their decision because they really did well. We get what we was waiting for, for a long time. It was over three years and until now finally we got what we wanted.”

Sentencing will be delivered by the trial judge, Justice Herbert Lord, on July thirtieth following an impact assessment and pleas for mitigation by Zetina’s attorney Leo Bradley Junior.

Zetina showed no emotion when the verdict was handed down, but outside the court, the same could not be said for a W.P.C. The officer, who was accompanying the inmate back to prison, stretched her hand out of the police vehicle and hit our cameras as we attempted to film Zetina.

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