Valentine Baptist charged in murder of Devin Parham

 

Three persons were murdered in the City during separate shooting incidents spanning about six hours and so far police have made two arrests. Today police brought to court 27 year old Valentine Baptist , a construction worker of Castle Street on a charge of murder of Devin Parham on Cemetery Road in Belize City, which occurred at about 4 in the evening. Baptist was additionally charged with one count of kept firearm without a gun license for a black Glock 9 mm pistol with no serial number which police say they found on him when he was detained immediately following the incident. Baptist was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser, denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until August 26, 2016. While no plea was taken on the murder charge he chose to plead guilty to the firearm offense. Nineteen year old Devin Adolphus Parham was the second of three men to be gunned down in the city within less than 24 hours. He met his untimely death as he was walking down Cemetery Road in front of Habet & Habet.

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