Murder trial commences against Norman Slusher Print
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Thursday, 08 February 2018 00:00

On Wednesday February 7th the sensational murder case of Norman Slusher who is accused of killing a well-known Belize City Car dealer got under way in the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas in a trial by judge.

At the time of the murder Slusher was shot by a patron of Dale’s Barber Shop located at the corner of West Canal and Bishop Street where Jason Canto was when he was shot and killed on May 10, 2012. That patron, was identified as Jose Shoman. The motive for the murder is unknown. Canto was shot as many as eight times to the body.  He died on the spot.

A trail of blood would later lead police to an abandoned house where the gunman sought refuge after being shot allegedly by  Shoman.

The trial which began on Monday of this week before Justice Lucas has seen four witnesses taking the stand. They include, the mother of the deceased, followed by three formal police witnesses, Scenes of Crime Technician, Bryan Lopez, who has been on the stand since Monday and concluded Wednesday. His testimony was followed by the Investigating officer, Ishmael Westby and later by the testimony of Detective Corporal #899, Mariano Chun. The two officers laid the picture of what the murder scene looked like when they arrived.

According to the Investigating Officer, Inspector Ismael Westby, who arrived at the murder scene, Dale’s Barber Shop at around 7:50 p.m., said he saw the body of Canto which was seen lying face, wearing a red shirt and a blue jeans pants and a pair of black tennis shoe. He added that Canto was seen with gunshot wounds to the right side of the chest; two wounds to the right arm pit;  a gunshot wound to the inner right arm; one to the right side of the back and four gunshot wounds to the left outer arm.

Inspector Westby was witnesses to Scenes of Crime Technician who also processed the murder scene and collected 15 expended shells.

The trial of Norman Slusher will continue over the course of the days to come.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 February 2018 13:22