Charles Herrera Charged for Murder of Ezekiel Hernandez Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

Police have arrested and charged 43-year-old Charles Herrera of #6959 Lavender Street, Belize City for the murder of 25-year-old Dangriga resident Ezekiel Hernandez.

According to a police report, police visited the corner of Partridge and Lavender Streets at 5:23 a.m. on Monday, May 26, and saw the lifeless body of Hernandez near the river side. Officers observed three stab wounds to the upper right side of his back and transported the body to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where it was pronounced dead.

Hernandez’s relative says that he is a mechanic and he came to Belize to collect money that was owed to him for services rendered. They say that the person who owed him was not honouring his debt and Hernandez was frustrated. From the location where Hernandez’s body was found, police tracked a trail of blood to a vehicle. Unconfirmed reports are that the owner of the vehicle claims he found Hernandez breaking into his vehicle and decided to defend his property. Hernandez’s family says that does not give them the right to kill. They also believe that the owner of the vehicle may be the same individual who has been unwilling to pay Hernandez for his work.

Herrera was unrepresented when he appeared in court before Magistrate Dale Cayetano on Wednesday, May 28. He was read three charges: one count of murder and two counts of possession of a control drugs; 0.6 grams and 3.2 grams of cannabis that were found on him at the time of his arrest. Herrerra pleaded not guilty for the drug charges. No plea was taken for the murder charge and due to the nature of the offense he was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until July, 2014.