Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020. 4:37 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Twice in the last few days, circumstances have caused presiding Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore to postpone sentencing for William “Danny Mason” and the four other men who were convicted with him last December for the July 2016 beheading murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas.
Last Thursday as she sat in court in Belize City, some of the defense attorneys mistakenly traveled to Belmopan where she usually sits. The hearing was postponed to today, Monday.
However, when we arrived at court, we learned that the matter had been postponed again for another date to be set.
After finally coming to trial in March of 2019, the case took many unexpected twists and turns and long adjournments, with no less than nine attorneys (not counting prosecutor Senior Counsel and Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal) participating.
The men – Mason, Ernest Castillo, Terrence Fernandez, Keiron Fernandez and Ashton Vanegas – were accused of and denied conspiring to lure Mason into an ambush and attack and kill him when he visited Mason’s house in Belmopan. The killing reportedly took place at Mason’s George Price Highway farm and was filmed in part on closed-circuit television (CCTV) showing the arrival of Mason and his two companions who were later shooed away and then Mason being driven away in a truck by all five men.
Police later turned up Lucas’ severed head in a bucket in Mason’s truck outside a bar in the capital.
Last December, Justice Moore pronounced guilty verdicts against all of the accused men and indicated that sentencing would be done at a later date.
The quintet faces either death under special circumstances or life in prison varied according to the eligibility period for parole. All have indicated they will appeal the decision.
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