Murderer’s conviction affirmed by Court of Appeals Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

On Wednesday June 11, Kenrick Williams who killed a 16 year old high school girl, Elia Gonzalez, had his murder conviction affirmed by the Justices of the Court of Appeals.

Williams was accused of the March 23, 2004 murder of Elia Gonzalez who was strangled to death by Williams in a bushy area in a road in Concepcion village in the Corozal district.

Williams who is serving a life sentence took his case to the Appeals Court through his attorney Phillip Palacio. He argued that the trial judge failed to give adequate directions to the jury on arriving at their verdict. His arguments were not accepted and the conviction was affirmed.

In the 2012 trial, a caution statement given by Williams was admitted as evidence. In the statement he told Corozal police that he waited for his secret girlfriend whose name he said was Liz, referring to the deceased, Elia Gonzalez, at the Concepcion/Libertad road, near the water tank. When he saw her coming, after exiting a bus, he threw his bicycle into a nearby bush.

She came to meet him and they began to kiss.  They eventually had sexual intercourse he claimed and that he was rough during the sexual intercourse. He then saw that his girlfriend was not breathing so he took off her shoe laces and tied it around her neck, then he took off her jewelries which included a ring and a watch and went to sell them in the village of Libertad.

On July 4, 2012, after a retrial before Justice Denis S. Hanomansingh and a jury, Williams was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment on July 18, 2012, which was to take effect from April 16, 2012.

The evidence against Williams consisted of several witnesses who were called to establish that he was the person who committed the offense at the crime scene.  The police had also relied on the ring which one witness claimed had been sold to her after the death of Gonzalez.  The prosecution had also relied on the evidence of Williams’ caution statement.

During his 2012 trial, his defense attorney had objected to the admission of his caution statement hence a voidaire was held and the judge later ruled that the statement was admissible in the trial.