A little over 8 years ago on April 10th 2006, Mitchum Heredia was ambushed and killed near a car outside his T Street home in Belize City. He had just arrived home when two men held him up and shot him multiple times to the head and body killing him on the spot.
A year after the incident, two brothers, Maurice and Emory Felix had been pinned to be the men who pulled the trigger on Heredia. They were jointly found guilty of Heredia’s murder by a 12-member Jury. They were sentenced to life imprisonment but upon appeal, on June 20th 2008, a retrial was ordered. The retrial was granted after the judge of the Court of Appeal ruled that the men never got a fair trial when no identification parade was held in the case against them.
The trial judge at the time, Justice Adolph Lucas, told the jury that holding an identification parade would have been a waste of time because the prosecution’s main witness had named the Felix brothers as the shooter that day. But the main witness did not take the stand as on Sunday June 19th 2011, two days prior to the calling of the Felix case, Rommel Palacio Sr., was gunned down whilst inside his home in the Jane Usher Boulevard area. Reports were that the gunmen had gone in search of Rommel Palacio Jr., who was expected to show up at court to testify in the case of the Felix brothers.
And today at the northern session of the Supreme Court, Maurice and Emory made their sixth appearance in court. They were defended in court by Attorney Arthur Saldivar and up to news time, deliberations with the jury were still ongoing. We'll have the verdict of this case in tomorrow’s newscast.
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