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David Gonzalez convicted of murder of wife and mother Marisela Gonzalez in San Pedro

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2023. 5:01 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: High Court Justice Ricardo O’Neil Sandcroft has adjudged businessman David Gonzalez of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, guilty of the murder of wife and mother Marisela Gonzalez, 28, in October of 2020.

Gonzalez shot Marisela once in the head at their residence after they came home from a night out, dragged her body to a garbage site, disposed of his clothing, and then put their now-motherless daughter to sleep, per the evidence put forward at trial.

And while he publicly denied any involvement, a fellow businessman from Sandhill testified that Gonzalez called him the night of the killing and said, after first asking whether he could trust him, “Ah jus kill mi wife.”

In his dock statement to the court, Gonzalez claimed he had brought his family home that night after socializing and that they had argued about infidelity, adding that she was intoxicated. He claimed she left the house but that he did not report it because he thought nothing strange about it.

But Justice Sandcroft did not buy that story, concluding his judgment: “After evaluating the evidence of all, I conclude that the prosecution has proven all the essential elements against you beyond a reasonable doubt so I convict you of murder, guilty.”

Gonzalez, represented by Oscar Selgado, gave no reaction as his late wife’s sister Myra began to cry. As a date for sentencing was being agreed on, Gonzalez interrupted by asking, “Can I have a word?”

He will get that word on December 14 when he will be sentenced.

According to Myra Guzman, who also testified, Gonzales proved to be a very jealous, controlling, and abusive partner to Marisela during their time together, and the issue of domestic violence was central to the investigation of the crime. She says that while the family is still greatly pained by Marisela’s loss, justice for them has been seen to have been done.

 

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