Albert Reid is acquitted of murder Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

Another accused suspect of murder is free after his murder trial, a trial by judge without jury, ended in his acquittal on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 before Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams. Albert Reid, the 28-year-old accused of the May 17, 2014 stabbing murder of Maurice Young, a 57-year-old resident of Santana Village, Belize District walked free from Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Young was murdered on May17, 2014 but it was not until two days later that the police discovered his body already in an advanced state of decomposition. Young had a slash wound to the neck and top of the head. Because of the state of decomposition, an onsite post mortem was done and determined that Young died from a chop wound to the neck.

The arrest of Reid was made after his two brothers, Tyrone and Benjamin Reid, gave statements. The brothers claimed that Albert told them that he had stabbed someone and even showed them the knife that he used. They recognized the knife to be that of Young who used to sell fruits at the Altun Ha archaeological site. They even claimed to see fresh blood on the knife and refused to help Albert get rid of the knife.

Their story changed by the time the trial came up with them claiming to not remember anything from the day in question or anything they might have said to the police. Reid’s attorney, Herbert Panton, made a no-case submission which was rejected by the judge. Despite that rejection, the judge, in his ruling, said that he was unsure of how truthful the brothers were being in their statements. With that, Reid was acquitted of the charge of murder.