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Ruling for trial for the murder of Christopher Jorgenson pushed back Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:00

The trial of Keyron Johnson, who has been on remand for more than five years after he was accused of the April 2012 murder of 18 year-old Christopher Jorgenson, concluded before Judge Adolph Lucas who has reserved his ruling in the matter for December 18, 2017.

Christopher Jorgensen was gunned down on Curl Thompson’s Street in Belize City and according to Thompson’s sister, the crown’s main witness, he was shot twice by Johnson. A number of factors arose in the matter including Johnson’s alibi as well as the poor lighting conditions in the area at the time.

The crown’s allegations were that on April 15, 2012, Jorgenson was shot twice, once to the lower abdomen and was grazed to the right hand. He succumbed to his injuries three days later, on April 18, 2017, but was never able to tell police who shot him. After his death, his sister, who claimed that she saw the gunman about 10 feet from her veranda, gave a police statement stating that it was Keyron Johnson.

In the trial, Johnson gave a statement that he was not involved in the shooting. He called Shenique Michael, a friend, as a witness that Johnson was at her home from 6:00 p.m. until sometime around 9:00 p.m. Jorgenson was shot around 7:00 p.m. that night.

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Aggravated robbery lands 2 on remand and one on bail Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:00

A businesswoman in the King’s Park area was robbed inside her home by three persons who managed to gain entry into her home despite the presence of her husband at the time. The culprits managed to escape with her purse containing almost $9,000 in cash along with her vehicle key and other items.

The three suspects, identified as 18-year-old ITVET student Elroy Saldano, 18-year-old Luquan Flowers, and 33-year-old Leon Ware/Blease, were escorted to court on Monday, December 11, 2017. The trio appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford.

Inside the court room, Leon Ware, who also goes by the name Leon Blease, and Luquan Flowers were jointly charged with one count each of aggravated burglary as well as one count each of wounding upon the victim. Saldano was only charged for the offense of handling stolen goods.

The allegations against the men are that on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Ware/Blease and Flowers, while armed with a rock, trespassed on the premises of Zenaida Allen where they stole her $800 handbag which contained $8,800 in cash along with a Tory Burch wallet valued at $600, and her iPhone valued at $2,000. The allegations against Saldano are that on December 7, 2017, he was found in possession of Allen’s cell phone whilst at a home on M&M’s Street, Belize City.

During the arraignment, Ware/Blease complained of pain allegedly caused by police brutality. In court, the three men all pleaded not guilty to the charges levied against them. Prosecutor in the case, Inspector Hector Rodriguez, objected to bail given that the incident was caught on surveillance camera and given the serious nature of the crime.

Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford denied Ware/Blease and Flowers bail but offered Saldano bail in the sum of $1,000 which he has not since been able to meet. Ware/Blease and Flowers have been remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison. The trio is due back in Court #2 on January 24, 2018.

 


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