The case against Eric Gonzales ended yesterday at the Northern Session of the Supreme Court after a jury of 12 found him not guilty of the Murder of Daniel Soto. Instead, the jury convicted Gonzalez of a lesser charge of manslaughter after they were unable to unanimously agree on the murder charge despite hours of deliberation.
With the verdict handed down Justice Herbert Lord set sentencing for November 21st 2013. While the Crown was represented by Councils SabitaMaharaj and Linsbert Willis, Gonzales was represented by Senior Counsel Simeon Sampson. As previously mentioned on the 26thof 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 used to inflict a stab wound on Soto’s upper thigh. When police arrived at the scene they saw Soto lying down on his back in a drain bleeding profusely. Soto who was 16 years old at the time was transported to the Northern Regional Hospital where he died while undergoing surgery.The next murder case that is expected to be heard at the new Northern Session of the Supreme Court in January 2014 is that of the crown versus OsmarSabido accused of stabbing to death his common-law wife, Christy Carrasco at their house located in the San Lorenzo Housing Site, Orange Walk.
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