Joel Choco, 26 Not Prosecuted for murder of Windell Gibson while Sherman Rodney walked from the murder of Lloyd Augustine
by Anita Nembhard-Flowers
channel 1 Belize.com
Belize City, Tues. Feb. 22, 2022
Tonight 2 Belize City men are free from separate murder incidents that occurred in Belize city.
Both men saw their case ended in ‘nolle-prosequi’ (non-prosecution) and they were set free after the DPP entered a nolle prosequi which means the DPP at this time is discontinuing the case against them.
No reasons given in court for the non-prosecution.
The first case was entered against 26-year-old, Joel Choco, he was accused and charged with the August 24, 2017 shooting murder of 27year-old Windell Gibson, and the attempted murder Karron Santos, who was shot and injured during the shooting, which occurred in the Conch Shell Bay area of Belize City.
Two men were initially charged with Gibsons murder and the attempted murder of Santos. The second suspect was Orlando Salazar, then 26.
About a year and a half later after both men were on remand for the murder, Salazar got the news when the charges were withdrawn against him, on February 26, 2019.
The withdrawn from Salazar came after the DPP send a directives instructing the court to withdraw the charges from against one of the two men being Salazar due to insufficient evidence against him.
On the fatal day, at around 4:00 p.m., on
August 24, 2017, Gibson and Santos were in the Conch Shell Bay Fish Market area, when a gunman rode up with an accomplice on a motorcycle and open fire on the two men.
They tried to escape by fleeing into Lindo’s Alley but the assailants pursued them and open fire, killing Gibson. Gibson was pronounced dead on arrival while Santos was injured to his left shoulder.
The second case to end in ‘nolle-prosequi’ was that of Sherman Rodney. He was charged for an incident which occurred on April 6, 2014 which took the life of 35-year-old Lloyd Augustine who died several months later on July of 2017 from injuries he sustain after being badly beaten up while at his house on Doris Brooks Street, Belize City.
The cases were with before newly appointed Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Ricardo Sandcroft.