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Prison CEO called to testify in Collin Francis Jr. competency hearing, charged for 2019 murder of Nestor Vasquez Jr.

Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2023. 7:34 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News: The Chief Executive Officer of the Belize Central Prison, Virgilio Murillo, has been called to testify in the competency hearing of Colllin Francis Jr., who is accused of the murder of Nestor Vasquez Jr. and the attempted murder of a psychiatric nurse in 2019.

Francis Jr., however, has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and appeared in court on Wednesday represented by attorney Bryan Neal before Justice Nigel Pilgrim to resume his competency hearing. The hearing is to determine whether or not Francis Jr. is fit to stand trial for murder and attempted murder.

In court today, Neal presented evidence from Francis’ parents. Neal argued that prison is not suitable enough to care for person with Francis’ condition. Doctor Alejandro Matus had previously diagnosed Francis Jr. with schizophrenia and said that he would be best suited in a mental health institution, which Belize does not have.

Justice Pilgrim questioned Francis Jr.’s parents and asked if they are prepared to care for him in the event of his release, to which they said they are. Pilgrim, however, subpoenaed the CEO of the Belize Central Prison, to give testimony about Francis Jr.’s behavior in prison. Murillo will give his testimony on December 20, before Justice Pilgrim will make a decision about Francis Jr.’s competency to stand trial.

In June of 2019, Francis Jr. was arrested after allegedly attacking and stabbing a psychiatric nurse at the Port Loyola Clinic. While detained at the Queen Street Police Station, he was put in a cell with Vasquez Jr. who he allegedly beat to death.

 

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