Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019. 10:21 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Nearly a year after being committed for trial in Belize City, Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore set a date of March 12th, 2019, for the murder trial of William “Danny” Mason and co-accused Terrence Fernandez, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez and Ernest Castillo in the murder by decapitation of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas in July of 2016.
According to attorney Herbert Panton, Justice Moore conducted a case management session ensuring that there are no issues in preparing for trial. Due to changes in the law the case will be tried by Justice Moore alone. Panton and co-counsel Richard “Dickie” Bradley will be opposed by Senior Counsel and Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal and the trial is expected to last about three weeks.
More than twenty potential witnesses will be called on and DNA from the blood found at the crime scenes and video surveillance will also form key testimony. Mason, who has gone by several names, will also face information dug up by police in the form of banking and other transactions that will establish who he really is, as it has been previously established that his Belize birth certificate claiming him to be from Crooked Tree, Belize District is not genuine.
In related news, a third count was added to the indictment against the accused to which they pleaded not guilty. The five were also arraigned on a charge of kidnapping against a Mennonite couple also reported in 2016 and a trial date for that will be set, likely later this year.
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