Anthony Bennett Velasquez to stand trial for murder Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

A Belize City man accused of gunning down Erbin Garrido inside his home on May 29, 2018, eight months ago, was told he will have to stand trial for murder. He is 38-year-old Anthony Bennett-Velasquez, who appeared unrepresented for his preliminary inquiry before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on Friday, January 4, 2019.

When asked if he would challenge any of the evidence that Sgt. Macedonio Sanchez would be presenting, he had no objection. Sgt. Sanchez submitted nine statements and five documentary exhibits including a warrant for his arrest, the results from Garrido’s post mortem, pictures from the crime scene, and Garrido’s clothing.

Because Bennett-Velasquez did not have an alibi for where he was on the date in question, Senior Magistrate Ford explained that he has seven days to produce one. She then committed him to stand trial for murder in the April session of the Supreme Court set to commence on April 2, 2019.

Police say that on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, Erbin Garrido aka Bing was at his home when a gunman took his life with a single shot which penetrated his chest. The gunman was later identified as Anthony Bennett-Velasquez who surrendered to police with the help of his attorney, Richard Dickie Bradley. Two days after the murder, on Thursday, May 30, 2018, Bennett-Velasquez was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford for Garrido’s murder.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2019 10:53