Byron James murder trial concludes Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00

The trial of Byron James who stands accused of the murder of Frank Vasquez concluded before Justice Traodio Gonzalez on Thursday, February 4, and the fate of the accused is now left to be decided by the court. James is accused of killing Vasquez sometime around 10:30 p.m. on May 5, 2012 on Neal’s Pen Road in Belize City. Vasquez was shot multiple times to the head, shoulder, back and mid-section. He died 4 days later, on May 9, 2012, from his injuries.

Prosecutor in the case, Kileru Awich, called 5 witnesses to the stand; including, two relatives of the deceased, his mother Olivia Brown and his sister Sherlyn Fitzgibbon. The main witness was Fitzgibbon who testified she was looking over a five foot zinc fence the night her brother was shot and she saw James riding away. She also told the court that she had seen James over 50 times prior to the murder so she knows him well. 

James was represented by attorney Oscar Selgado who submitted that there was no identification parade conducted by police and that only Fitzgibbon said she saw James and that was from a far distance as he was riding in the opposite direction.

The prosecution’s case is that Frank Vasquez told his sister before he died, “Dah pretty buoy fly [Byron James] shot meh.” However, in trial it was established that Fitzgibbon did not tell police this until June 3, 2012, which was 29 days after Vasquez had been shot. Police say that when Vasquez was shot he refused to give them a statement.
Justice Troadio “John” Gonzalez has reserved his ruling for sometime this week. James remains on remand at the Belize Central Prison as he awaits a verdict in the trial without jury.