Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2022. 9:12 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Police have identified one Nelson de Jesus Segovia as a suspect in a murder in the village of Guinea Grass, Orange Walk District.
Segovia is accused of killing Jose Miguel Cedillos, who had gone to collect a debt of five dollars allegedly owed to him by two sisters.
But instead of paying, according to ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Director, Belize Police Department, the women fled into their home and locked up. Cedillos then allegedly threatened another woman in the yard before leaving.
Police say that Segovia, the common-law husband of the third woman threatened, then allegedly went to Cedillos’ home, threw two rocks at it to possibly lure him out, and then allegedly shot him three times. Cedillos was pronounced dead on arrival at the Northern Regional Hospital and Segovia is now on the run. Police are trying to establish whether Segovia’s weapon was licensed.
Commenting on the seeming escalation of the incident, ASP Fitzroy Yearwood distinguished what in his opinion appears to have been a premeditated killing from an incident of provocation: “This is only my opinion. Tempers flare when people believe that they are being threatened. But, in this case, Segovia was not being threatened. He was threatening a woman and Segovia took matters into his own hands. One, he left that yard and went to his own home. The proper thing to have done was to call the police. By you going to that person and aggravating that person, and that person coming out, that had to be premeditated. So, for you to draw that weapon, there is no excuse. I don’t care if that person harasses you a hundred times or someone you love a hundred times, call the police a hundred times. Call them a hundred and one.”
If you have seen Nelson de Jesus Segovia, contact Crimestoppers or the nearest police station.
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