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Lloyd Alexander King to Stand Trial for Murder of Ronald Rivers Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:00

Lloyd Alexander King was charged for the March 4, 2013 murder of Belize City Tour Guide and popular basketball player, Ronald Rivers. Rivers was ambushed while fixing his car near the BelChina gas station. He was shot and rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he underwent a number of surgeries to remove a bullet that was lodged in his body. However, after three weeks of treatment and numerous blood transfusions he succumbed to his injuries.

On Tuesday, June 3, a preliminary case for murder against King was concluded before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. During the preliminary inquiry, King was unrepresented and did not challenge any of the prosecution’s evidence.  King was asked if he has any alibi witness and he said no. Senior Magistrate Fraser gave him up until June 10 to provide the court with an alibi witness should he have any at the time.

Prosecutor in the case was Inspector Hector Rodriguez who handed into evidence as many as 12 statements from witnesses. Rodriguez also provided a report from Dr. Mario Estradabran who performed the post-mortem on Rivers; pictures of a chrome .38 firearm and a .38 ammunition  expended shell; a warrant in the first instance for the arrest of  King plus much more technical documents on firearms and cause of death.

Magistrate Fraser ruled that there is sufficient evidence for King to stand trial for murder and committed the case to the October session of the Supreme Court.