By Dalila Ical: The case against Osmer Sabido, accused of killing Christie Carrasco on February 28th, 2011, continued today at the Orange Walk Supreme Court where final submissions were made.
The prosecution made a submission to bring three more witnesses to the stand. The court was adjourned to allow Sabido’s attorney, Oscar Selgado to prepare a response as to why the court should not allow the testimonies of more witnesses.
And while that was being decided, outside the court a group of family and friends of Carrasco staged a peaceful protest. Even the Mayor of Orange Walk, Kevin Bernard was present to lend his support to the family and friends of Carrasco.
The message according to some protesters was that they “want justice” for Carrasco. Others said they also wanted to send a message to stop the abuse of women.
Last week Sabido gave his testimony where he alleged that he acted in self-defence, accusing Carrasco of having attacked him first and injuring herself during the struggle.
Carrasco’s family and friends who were with her on that day say his testimony is a lie. Her family says she was with them preparing for her great grandmother’s funeral until about 8:15 p.m.
Shortly after leaving them Carrasco called her father to tell him Sabido had called to tell her (Carrasco) that he was going to burn her house, they claim. Her father asked her to come for him and warned her to not go home alone. They waited but she never came and when her father called her number someone else answered and informed him his daughter had been stabbed, according to the family’s version of events.
Some of the protesters were resentful, saying Sabido should be punished for having taken the life of a promising and “innocent young woman.”
The family is hoping that the court has Sabido serve time for Carrasco’s murder and should he walk, Carrasco’s mother, Sandra Carrasco, says she holds no hate for him and has forgiven him from the day her daughter was murdered.
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