Men re-arrested on murder charge after new evidence found

Last week, 19 year old Tarique Gilett and Lyson Cacho were released from murder and attempted murder charges on a nolle prosequi. But they were back in court today and are behind bars tonight, after new evidence led to their re-arrest and charges for the same incident. Gillett and Cacho appeared this evening before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza and read charges of murder against Michael Welch and attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm for the shooting of Kingsley Morrison in the same incident on March 1, 2015. After the charges were read, the court prosecutor applied to have the men’s fingerprints taken, prompting an objection from Gillett’s attorney Ivy Pitts citing the lack of disclosure which led to their discharge last week. Cacho is not legally represented. After the court was satisfied that the men would be given their disclosure, Magistrate Mendoza allowed the fingerprint lifting.  Under section 48-1 of the Summary Jurisdiction Act, the fingerprinting had to be done in his presence in open court.  The prosecutor further explained that the prints are necessary because of a finger print lifted by the police from a van which will be used for comparison to ascertain if it is either man’s print which was found.   Present to take the finger print from both accused men was Scenes of Crime personnel, Darlene Gabourel. Due to the nature of the offenses, both men were denied bail and remanded back to the Belize Central Prison  until May 31, 2016 when they re-appear before Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith. The men were almost immediately held on Friday after being released by Magistrate Deborah Rogers.  Disc jockeys Welch and Morrison were socializing at a residence on Periwinkle Street when reports are that two gunmen rode up on bicycles and open fired on them.    Welch was shot multiple times and died within minutes while Kingsley Morrison was shot once to the upper right shoulder and was rushed to the KHMH where he was treated for his injuries and later releasedvlcsnap-2016-05-18-11h05m22s987 vlcsnap-2016-05-18-11h04m56s325

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