Posted: Monday, April 24, 2023. 7:58 pm CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: Last week, a chilling selfie taken by murder suspect Miguelito Encalada with his two victims shocked the nation. Since then, 39-year-old Encalada has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder for the deaths of his girlfriend, 50-year-old Desiree Gonzalez, and his brother, 25-year-old George Rochester.
Encalada appeared unrepresented in Belize City Magistrate’s Court at around 10:17 a.m. today for his arraignment on the double murder charges. Wearing slippers and socks, he faced the charges without a plea due to the nature of the offense. As is standard for all murder cases, bail was denied, and Encalada was remanded to prison until June 30.
Before leaving the court, Encalada asked the Senior Magistrate if he could see his mother before being sent to prison. He was found at his home by the police last Thursday, drinking a beer, and directed officers to his licensed firearm resting on a chair. Reports indicate he had acquired the license only a few months prior, after multiple rejections.
Encalada admitted to the killings, claiming he caught his girlfriend having an affair. However, Gonzalez’s family disputes this story, stating that Encalada and Gonzalez were always together. They argue that Encalada took his brother to the crime scene at 3 a.m., and rigor mortis suggests that the murder occurred hours before he was discovered.
Postmortem examinations revealed that Rochester was shot in the head, while Gonzalez was shot in the face. The case continues to develop as investigators seek further evidence and motives behind this tragic event.
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