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Orange Walk man charged for knocking down and killing 8-year-old girl granted bail

Posted: Monday, August 22, 2022. 6:08 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: Despite objections from the prosecution, 51-year-old Elias Vicente Reynoso, the man charged for knocking down and killing eight-year-old Mercedes Campos, was granted bail in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court today.

Reynoso, a Guatemalan national living in Belize for almost 30 years, appeared in court, represented by attorney Leeroy Banner. He was read five charges: manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, drove motor vehicle without due care and attention, failing to provide a specimen and failing to produce a driver’s license. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecution presented to Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser that the accused is a flight risk due to his Guatemalan citizenship, and called for an example to be made out of him, as driving while under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense.

Banner countered stressing that his client is gainfully employed and has a family in Belize. Banner also said that the notion of Reynoso driving under the influence is merely an allegation and that he is innocent until proven guilty.

The Chief Magistrate granted Reynoso bail in the sum of $10,000 plus two sureties of $5,000 each of which she stated must be Belizean surety. Reynoso must also surrender all his travel documents to the Clerk of Court and he cannot leave the jurisdiction without the permission of the court.

Reynoso’s next court date is set for October 27, 2022.

 

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