Ernest Thurton, Jr. found guilty of double murder Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

A double murder in which two people were accused ended in one of the accused being found guilty of murder. Ernest “Dangalang” Thurton Jr., 26, was taken before Justice Adolph Lucas on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 where he was found guilty. Justice Lucas has reserved his sentencing for October 8, 2018.

Thurton and Jasper Brannon were accused of the murders of 44-year-old Robert Harold Young and 35-year-old Frank Edward James. Young and James were both shot multiple times to the body on the night of October 25, 2012 in Belize City at a dockyard located on North Front Street.

According to Eric Martinez, who was previously accused along with Thurton and Brannon but eventually acquitted, he was at his home in Rhaburn’s Alley with Brannon and Thurton when they saw someone who had stolen a bicycle. They decided to go to the dock in search of that man. Upon reaching the yard, they met four people, two of whom ran inside and two of whom stayed in the yard. Martinez, who was armed with a 9mm firearm at the time, claims that Thurton took his firearm and told Young and James to lie down before shooting Young in his head. The three men were about to leave the yard when James got up and started to run away. According to Martinez, this is when Thurton shot him and he fell to the ground.

Thurton’s co-accused, Brannon, walked free of the charge of murder on Monday, August 5, 2018.