By Aaron Humes: A Belmopan resident was acquitted of an attempted murder charge after being accused of shooting a man back in 2019.
32-year-old Kareem Harvey was charged with the attempted murder of then-21-year-old, Jordan Murrillo on June 3, 2019, in Sandhill Village at around 8:30 p.m., at the bus stop.
High Court Justice Nigel Pilgrim ruled Harvey not guilty because he was not convinced of the identification evidence against him and because he felt Harvey’s alibi had not been properly investigated by police.
Murrillo testified saying he had known Harvey for between 3 and 4 months. He said Harvey waited for him at the bus shed and shot him multiple times but only the first shot caught him. According to Murrillo, the area where the shooting occurred was very poorly lit but he felt he was still able to recognize Harvey as the alleged shooter.
Justice Pilgrim in setting Harvey free believed his version as he had also brought a female witness, his then-girlfriend, to testify on his behalf as his alibi witness who corroborated his version of the story.
Harvey represented himself in the trial, maintained his innocence, and during the trial, directly questioned the police officers who took the stand as to why they never checked out his alibi.
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