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May 11, 2012

Belize City man acquitted of double murder

John Chessman Junior

John Chessman Junior, one of three Belize City men accused of executing a brutal double murder in Bermudian Landing in 2008, was acquitted of those charges earlier this evening.  Chessman, who saw his case committed to trial at the Supreme Court following the collapse of similar cases brought against his accomplices, appeared before Justice Adolph Lucas today.   Prosecutor and Senior Crown Counsel Triennia Young and Crown Counsel Stevannie Duncan presented their arguments.  Chessman, along with Nelson Henry, was charged with the murders of Maurice Cadle and Karen Crawford on May twenty-ninth, 2008.  The two were allegedly killed by a group of men who went to the village in search of Emerson Wade whom they intended to rob of drugs and money.  Henry, due to insufficient evidence, saw the charges against him withdrawn in 2010.  The evidence used in court against Chessman was an oral statement purportedly given to Sergeant Nicholas Palomo in which he supposedly admitted to participating in the crimes.  Chessman however, denied giving the testimony, stating only that he had been wrongfully accused.  In summation, Justice Lucas told the jury that the crown’s allegation is that Chessman and his co-conspirators went to Bermudian Landing to commit a robbery which instead resulted in the murders.  Had the jury been convinced that Chessman did not kill Cadle or Crawford, there was still the possibility that he could be found guilty since he acted jointly with the assailants.  After several hours of deliberation, the twelve-member jury returned a not guilty verdict.  Chessman, who was represented by attorney Tricia Pitts-Anderson, then left the court a free man.

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8 Responses for “Belize City man acquitted of double murder”

  1. Storm says:

    Watch out, Belize — another killer on the loose!

  2. Al says:

    Released to kill again or maybe killed. So sad for families who wait for justice only to get none. The crook is always right, the poice is always overruled, it is time for justice to stand up.

  3. Storm says:

    In this day of very inexpensive recording equipment, it is inconceivable a competent police force fails to use them to record interrogation of murder cases. There is no excuse for this killer to be free and walking the streets. He should be on death row, waiting for his turn with the noose.

    Who will he kill next, and who after that?

    Police formations in Belize are disorganised, ill-equipped, and undertrained — and the fault lies squarely at the top.

  4. benquenio del oeste says:

    not to put blame to the government for giving so many doctorship scholarship in cuba. some of these people need to come to the USA to study crimenology. I belive that the city is in the need of a science lab and a’couple of foresics, It will serve to parts, to aquit guilty people in jail and to put those that get away for insuuficien evidence. DNA is left in every scene and prperly stored is useful in making a case against all those thugs that are aquitted

  5. JahKid says:

    This is his year, he won’t be too long on the loose and he won’t return to the police station or Kolbe. Belize is in a mess!!! Pray my people.

  6. Storm says:

    Great points, benquino del oeste. I agree entirely. I’ll bet that help is available from a friendly government if GOB requests it.

  7. tyad of this says:

    now….the reality is we need to stop blaming the police as being the only cause for the situation which we are in….chessman walked simply because the eye witness who saw what happened did not want to testify and hid…..we keep complaining about witnesses in fear…and yes in some instances there is fear….there is reasonable grounds for one to be in fear…but the reality is this that we as a society have become complacent…we create fear where there is none…and we hide behind our doors and pretend whats happening out there wont affect us…and when it does we cry out for justice…and want the witnesses then to come to our aid…..IT NO GO SO…..if you want a change then you have to effect that change….the only way these ….. will keep there @$$ in jail….or at the end of the noose like the society keep hollering for is if we JOHN PUBLIC…say what we see…..yes the police mess up countless time….i will give you that….yes the jury sometime should come guilty when they dont…..but if we no do our part too…then we cant say nothing….and by the way…DNA evidence is not at every scene….that is a falacy…stop think csi is real ppl…its not

  8. LeeLee says:

    Belizean people watch too many Hollywood movies and want to perpetrate. It is ridiculous how a small country like Belize could end up in this state. Too many deportees in town. What they need to do is this, every deportee who come to town after committing a violent crime need to be thrown back in jail for life. Do not let them roam around free among the innocent people to terrorize them. The law need to be more stringent.. Belize, protect your people or else you will end up just like Mexico. The criminals will take over..

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