Accused murderer walks away from murder charge Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:00

The trial of Keyron Johnson, who has been on remand for more than five years after he was accused of the April 2012 murder of 18 year-old Christopher Jorgenson, concluded before Judge Adolph Lucas who had reserved his ruling in the matter for Monday, December 18, 2017.

Jorgensen was gunned down on a basketball court on Curl Thompson Street in Belize City on April 15, 2012 and three days later, on April 18, 2017, he perished. He was shot twice, once to the lower abdomen and was grazed to the right hand. Unfortunately, he was never able to tell police who shot him. After his death, his sister, who claimed that she saw the gunman about 10 feet from her veranda, gave a police statement stating that it was Johnson.

Police and the DPP relied on his sister’s testimony but in trial, Johnson gave a statement that he was not involved in the shooting. He called Shenique Michael, a friend, as a witness that Johnson was at her home from 6:00 p.m. until sometime around 9:00 p.m. Jorgenson was shot around 7:00 p.m. that night.

At the trial on December 18, 2017, where Johnson appeared before Judge Adolph Lucas, the Judge said that he could not overlook Johnson’s alibi and was not convinced with the main witness’s testimony as to how she came to identify the accused in poor lighting conditions. With that, Johnson walked away from the charge of murder.

Johnson was represented by attorney Bryan Neal. His trial began on November 27, 2017 and concluded on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 in a trial by judge without jury where the ruling was deferred until Monday, December 18, 2017.