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Aug 2, 2011

Marlon Woods named as suspect in blunt object murder case

Marlon Woods

A Belama resident succumbed to head injuries early Monday morning after being bashed on the head with a blunt object that is yet to be identified. It would follow that it is a case of murder. But the prime suspect has been charged with Manslaughter. He is twenty-eight year old Marlon Woods, who faces the lesser charge of Manslaughter and not Murder since the police have no evidence that he intended to kill Kevin Middleton. According to reports, Middleton was approached from behind and knocked unconscious as he sat on his bicycle on Barrack Road.  He was rushed to the KHMH for treatment and remained in a coma until he passed away at around one a.m. on Monday. Today Middleton’s sister, Cecilia, spoke to News Five about his death and she was not happy to hear that Woods was not charged with murder.

Cecilia Middleton, Sister of the Deceased

Cecilia Middleton

“I just hear that Thursday dehn mi knock out mi bredda cause he mi gone pan Barrack Road and he mi heng wid some friends. Dehn mi di drink and socialize and I noh really know weh happen afta dat but dehn seh some Marlon knock my bredda with wah blunt object and knock ah behind ih head and den ih drop and knock ih head pan di cement. Den afta dat ih mi deh eena wah coma.”

Delahnie Bain

“Do you know if your brother and this Marlon person had any kind of beef or anything?”

Cecilia Middleton

“I noh really think so because dah dehn call ah fi drink. He mi gwein go buy wah tennis and he turn back and gone drink wid dehn.”

Kevin Middleton

Delahnie Bain

“Well today, Marlon was charged but with manslaughter, which is the lesser charge to murder. What do you think of that?”

Cecilia Middleton

“I think dat unfair and I want justice because my bredda noh do nobody nothing. You could ask anybody out deh weh know Tawa and dehn wah tell yoh he noh try hurt nobody. Ih have wah lee drinking problem but he noh hurt nobody. So I noh think dat should be manslaughter, I think dat should be murder.”

Delahnie Bain

“How has the family been coping? I mean, this was drawn out for like three to four days.”

Cecilia Middleton

“My family we believe eena God and we have trus eena God and we lef everything eena God hands. But I pray and ask God fi strengthen my ma because she have all di strength right now and I noh know lata down we wah happen but she have strength right now. I just want the public know out deh dat my bredda dah neva no chancey person or so. He mi well known. Everybody mi love Tawa. Every single person mi love Tawa and who hurt he, I left everything eena God’s hand.”

Marlon Woods is behind bars tonight after Chief Magistrate Margaret Gabb McKenzie upheld an objection to bail made by Sergeant Hector Rodriguez.  The prosecutor argued that a conviction could mean prison time for Woods and if he is released on bail, he might interfere with the ongoing investigation. Chief Magistrate McKenzie was of a similar view and she noted the severity of the offense. Woods was remanded to prison until his next court appearance on August ninth.

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3 Responses for “Marlon Woods named as suspect in blunt object murder case”

  1. Storm says:

    When you strike a man in the back of the head with a blunt object hard enough to kill him, you aren’t just wishing him well — you are trying to hurt him, and you take the chance you will take his life.

    Give the man a fair trial, THEN HANG HIM.

    Killing in Belize has to be brought to an end with the hangman’s rope.

  2. Belize Boy in Florida says:

    I feel the same way Storm but he said that he hit him so I would say no need for a trial don’t waste the money or time on this guy. Lets get it over with no need to think about it. He didn’t so why should we. If not lets go back to the old ways of the Samuari you take a mans life then you get to TAKE CARE OF THAT MAN FAMILY FOREVER .

  3. dah me dis says:

    whilst my empathy goes out to the grieving family it is covered with little echoes of justice. about ten years ago the deceased picked up a cement block n hit my granfather with it so hard that he knocked out two of his teeth. why wud sum1 do such thing u may ask well he was smokin weed in our yard and my grand father told him to leave….the world is a cycle…i grandfather suffered for weeks in pain ….n now your dead… Rest in Peace granpa the idiot got wat he deserved!!!

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