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Wanted Man Captured and Arraigned

Wanted Man Captured and Arraigned
August 02
18:04 2019

Friday, August 2nd. 2019 –

Police in Belize City have made an arrest for the murder of clothes vendor Jose Hilario Diaz, 53, which occurred at his clothing store on Cemetery Road two weeks ago.

On Tuesday, July 30th. Diaz’s accused killer, Freetown Road resident Emmerson Garnett, 28, was formally arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer for a single charge of murder.

Garnett, a construction worker, appeared unrepresented before the Courts and Magistrate Frazer remanded him to the Belize Central Prison until his next Court date set for September 13th, 2019.

Last week Police issued a wanted poster for Garnett’s arrest, listing him as a person of interest in the murder investigation. Prior to that, authorities also announced the arrest of Leroy Haulze for abetment of murder in relation to the same incident where Diaz was shot and killed. Haulze was arraigned last week Friday and is due back in Court on August 20th.

Diaz was executed at his clothing stall by a single bullet wound to his face, fired from the gun of a man who walked up to him and killed him without saying a single word. Authorities reported that there was no robbery element and they suspect that the murder was a case of mistaken identity.

With the assistance of surveillance footage from the scene, along with other evidence collected, both men were later apprehended and charged.

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