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Accused killers freed after surviving victim drops charge

Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2015. 12:23 pm CST.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: 24 year old Charles Young, Jr., and 27 year old Derrick Derrick-Kuylen-Freed-of-Murder-ChargesKuylen are free of a charge of murder.

They were accused of the February 4, 2011 murders of 17 year old Daniel Puerto and 34 year old Ian Martinez, and attempted murder of Daniel’s twin brother Darnell on Tibruce and Hibiscus Streets.

At trial Monday morning in the Supreme Court, the two main witnesses for the Crown declined to participate in the case and their attorneys submitted that with a lack of evidence there was no case to answer.Charles-Young-Junior-Freed-of-Murder-Charges

Justice Troadio Gonzalez, presiding, agreed to release the pair. We understand that it was the victims’ relatives who decided to drop the case.

The Puerto brothers and Martinez were all socializing in front of their house at the corner of Tibruce and Hibiscus Street, when at around 5:30 in the evening, a vehicle drove up in the area. Two men exited and opened fire in their direction.

Daniel and Martinez died on the spot, while Darnell, who was hit as many as four times, was able to survive.


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1 Comment

  1. E.V.M says:

    This is a blatant disrespect to all the good officer who worked tirelessly to prepare case files and do their investigations. The complainant should have been sited for obstruction of justice and mischievous act in wasting the courts time and the tax payers money! Indictable matters the crown can take precedence and follow up upon the charge. This is why the crime rate is up so high, the judge/magistrate need to vacate their seats because they are playing pussyfoot with the lives of Belizeans. Then they wonder why street justice is so high! How can you stop crime if the courts are allowing the criminal elements to walk free. This is even against the constitutions which is the supreme law of Belize!

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