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Accused killer of Raymond Gentle’s fate hangs in the balance Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00

corwin bennett.jpg - 47.27 KbBack in January 2011, Kraal Road Gang Leader, Raymond Gentle, aka “Killa” was executed at his workplace on Kraal Road in Belize City as he was in the company of men and co-workers building a wooden structure. Following the killing the trial without jury came to a close on February 26th before Justice Adolph Lucas.

Appearing to answer to the charge of murder is 20-year-old Corwin Bennett, who will learn his fate on March 5, 2014. Bennett who could not afford an attorney was represented by legal aid attorney’s Baja Shoman and Michelle Trapp-Zuniga. At the end of the case, Judge Lucas heard addresses from both attorneys for the accused as well as from the DPP’s crown counsels in the matter, Shanice Lovell who was assisted by Porsha Staine.

   The allegation made against Bennett is that on January 12, 2011, he and another male persons pulled up in the area of Kraal Road.  One of the men stood watch as the other ran into the area and opened fired on Gentle who was working on building a house. 17 gunshot wounds were found on Gentle’s body and according to the Doctor’s examination, 6 were entry wounds.

By the end of the trial the prosecution had called 14 witnesses, with their main witness being the deceased's brother, Elvis Bevans, the man who not only saw his brother murdered, but chased behind the shooter and almost got shot in the process. Fortunately for him, the gun had jammed.

   In his testimony, Bevans told the court that he witnesses two gunmen in the area on that fatal day. One he saw was a look out man who stood at the corner of Kraal Road and Waight Street, while the other came into the yard, pulled out a gun and shot his brother multiple times.

Whilst on the stand Bevans indicated that he feared for his life and did not want to testify in the case. While lead Prosecutor, Shanice Lovell never treated her main witness as a hostile witness, she chose to ask Bevans if the man he identified at the identification parade  was in court, but he said “No”, in response. Even with that obstacle, Prosecutor Lovell was able to get the identification parade in which Bevans had initially identified the shooter as Corwin Bennette, in as evidence.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 14:43