Glenford “Bucket” Bermudez will be re-tried on murder charge

vlcsnap-2013-06-13-18h19m17s6142 year old Glenford “Bucket” Bermudez will be re-tried on a murder charge after an appearance in the Court of Appeal this morning. Bermudez was convicted of murder in April of 2011 by a jury for the shooting and killing of his wife, Hattieville resident Racquel Requena Bermudez. But Bermudez will now get a re-trial. The turn of events comes after two attorneys, Anthony Sylvestre and Senior Counsel Hubert Elrington, withdrew their services from the former BDF soldier because they believed he had no legal grounds in his appeal that would support going forward. Earlier this week Bermudez was told that he would need an attorney in court today or would be left to defend himself. But this morning, President of the Court Manuel Sosa told the prisoner that after a review of the case, the panel found that trial judge Justice Lord was “reckless” in his directions to the jury sitting on the case and ordered his conviction quashed, life sentence set vlcsnap-2013-06-13-19h43m24s112aside and a new trial. On November 22, 2007, Glenford Bermudez allegedly forced his wife off the Burrell Boom Road as she was driving her taxi. Bermudez then shot the woman in the head,  then reportedly attempted to hang himself after informing his late wife’s nephew of what he had done. He was stopped and after briefly trying to run away, was taken into custody. In his caution statement to police, Bermudez claimed that he pulled the trigger on his wife at the behest of a mysterious man known to him only as “Hyde”. Speaking from the dock during the trial, he admitted to being on the scene at the time of the murder, but denied pulling the trigger and blamed Raquel’s death on “Hyde,” whom he said orchestrated the entire event. He claimed to have escaped from “Hyde’s” clutches when the mystery man stopped to make a phone call, and to have heard a gunshot as he left the scene. He also denied trying to hang himself that day. Attorney Carlo Mason represented him at trial.

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