A man who fatally shot and wounded another during an incident in Roaring Creek village is now home free from a murder charge, after being on remand for more than three years.
23-year-old Jamie Gill was charged back in 2011 at the age of 19, for the shooting murder of a minor, 16-year-old Raheem Vasquez.
Raheem Vasquez was shot three times to the body.
His trial lasted for 2-3 weeks before Magistrate Antoinette Moore in the Belmopan Supreme Court.
On Friday morning at 11:10 a.m., a jury of 12 persons announced that Gill was not guilty of the murder due to self defence proven during the trial.
Jamie Gill and a friend were on a road when Raheem Vasquez, the deceased, and another male rode up on a bicycle. One of the men with the deceased Vasquez, pulled out a firearm, and that’s when Gill’s friend, who was armed with a machete, pulled out a machete and placed it the head of the Vasquez’s friend. Gill’s friend, who was armed with the machete, then chopped the armed man and the gun fell.
Jamie Gill says that the now deceased Raheem Vasquez grabbed his friend in a choke hold, and when he saw this Jamie Gill picked up the gun fearing for his life and shot Vasquez three times to the body, killing him.
The jury declared it self defence and set Gill free.