Today in the Northern session of the Supreme Court of Belize, the case against Eric Gonzalez, accused of the murder of Daniel Alberto Soto, began before Justice Herbert Lord.
Four years has passed since Gonzalez was arrested in neighboring Mexico and subsequently handed over to Belizean authorities and today a jury of twelve, four men and eight women listened to the opening remarks of Senior Crown Counsel’s Sabita Maharaj and Linsbert Willis. The accused is represented by Senior Counsel, Simeon Sampson.
The Crown introduced their first witness to the stand who testified as the then Scenes of Crimes Technician for the Orange Walk Police Department. Pictures of the crime scene and the weapon believed to have been the one used to inflict the stab wound on Soto were all admitted into evidence. Since the defense did not object to the witness’ testimony it was accepted by Justice Herbert Lord. With that, the trial was adjourned for Wednesday, 30th October 2013.
Viewers may recall that on the 26th of February 2009, Eric Gonzales and Daniel Soto were hanging out on Mangal Street in the Louisiana Area when an argument ensued between them.
After they were separated, Gonzalez left the area only to return minutes after armed with a kitchen knife which he allegedly used to inflict a stab wound on Soto’s upper thigh. Police reported that upon their arrival they saw the body of a male person lying down on his back in a drain bleeding profusely.
The male individual was transported to the Northern Regional Hospital where an immediate surgery was conducted; however, the victim succumbed to his injury during the surgery. The male person was later identified by his father as sixteen year old Daniel Soto.
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