Robbers shot and killed; farm owner charged for murder

Edison JOhnston farm (Carmelita village)

Edison JOhnston farm
(Carmelita village)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014. ORANGE WALK BUREAU Reporting: In a span of one week, opportunistic thieves raided and ransacked two houses that are located on a 45 acre farm belonging to the Johnston’s family.

The farm is located in the outskirts of Carmelita Village and several times has fallen victim to the hands of thieves while the family was away.

Edison Johnston (Charged for double murder)

Edison Johnston
(Charged for double murder)

Apparently the same scenario was to play out on Friday night only that this time, 50 year old Edison Johnston, the owner of the farm was at home.

It was while making routine checks on the farm that Johnston encountered two men burglarizing his property.

Officer commanding the Orange walk police, Dennis Arnold says when police arrived at the farm, they met with Johnson who handed over (1) 12 gauge shotgun, (2) 12 gauge cartridges and his gun license.

They saw one male person lying face down with pellet wounds to the lower back, left upper back and below the ear.

Luke Cox (Deceased)

Luke Cox
(Deceased)

He was identified as 23 year old Luke Cox of Carmelita.

While Johnston had reported to police that he saw two men raiding his property, it wasn’t until the following day that the body of the other alleged ‘burglar’ was found, some 300 yards from where the incident occurred.

Authorities say between Saturday and Sunday they contacted the Director of Public Prosecutions, who gave them the directive to charge Johnston with murder.

But Senior Counsel, Hubert Elrington, says the charge is an extremely unusual one and that because the farm is located in a remote area, the authorities could not respond when Johnston had informed police of the men on his property.

Hubert Elrington (Attorney for Edison Johnston)

Hubert Elrington
(Attorney for Edison Johnston)

Elrington say she hopeful that Johnston will be released of a lesser charge of manslaughter. Meanwhile, Johnston’s family is left devastated at the news of being robbed of their homes and the families’ ‘bread winner’ put away in jail for defending 7 pellet holes were found on the tailgate of the red pickup truck used to transport the possessions and zinc roofing of Johnston’s homes.

On the scene (1) 12 gauge expended cartridge was found.

The licensed shotguns along with two 12 gauge cartridges were kept as exhibit.

Saul Garcia (Deceased)

Saul Garcia
(Deceased)

The bodies of 23 year old Luke Cox and 24 year old Saul Garcia were transported to the Northern Regional Hospital.

Police say Cox, prior to the incident was wanted for 2 counts of harm and theft of two sheep and Saul Garcia had several procedures in court pending.

 

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4 Responses to Robbers shot and killed; farm owner charged for murder

  1. sheree Fukai Reply

    April 16, 2014 at 7:01 am

    We recently found a man on our porch, they said they could only charge him with trespassing,even though he came over a 10 foot wall. We have 2 guard dogs that would have killed him if we did not hold them back. Police told us should have let the dogs at him and then call the police. There is no right in Belize

  2. Debbie Reply

    April 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

    mr Johnston works hard,and thugs can continually rob him.he goes to jail,and the crooks win.
    seems like a bad message the government is putting out.they need to free this hard working man.

  3. Hatari Reply

    April 20, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Stupidness! Line all the little thieving bastards up and shot them, one time. Done! Mr. Johnston did us all a favor. He should be given an award for protecting the public. But OHHHH NOOOO . . . lets file murder charges on him . . . stupidness!

  4. James Reply

    April 29, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Please keep us, your readers advised on this article. Of a public outcry of a poor farmer defending what little he has and that is providing for his family in an honest way. It must be a hard life being a farmer!

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