Court of Appeal acquits man of attempted murder

Diondray McKoy of Belize City had a conviction of attempted murder quashed, sentence of 12 years in prison set aside and a judgment of acquittal entered after the conclusion of his case this morning in Belize City at the Court of Appeal. McKoy was accused of the attempted murder of Everal Gray at Gray’s home on Queen Charlotte Street in June of 2009. Gray had reported that he was at home when someone called his name. Gray answered the door and several shots were fired at him. However, Gray changed his story at trial and was deemed a hostile witness. McKoy succeeded in establishing that the identification evidence against him was poor and the trial judge had failed to give certain pertinent directions to the jury deciding the case. McKoy was represented by Senior Counsel Simeon Sampson and DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal appeared for that office. McKoy remains on remand awaiting a verdict for another charge of attempted murder.

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