Couple charged for murder of Armenia villager

By Michelle Sutherland
Staff Reporter

Late Thursday evening Belmopan police successfully cracked the murder case of 29-year-old Carlos Albeno, who was found dead with gunshot wounds to his chest on Monday morning.

27-year-old Amelia Garrido charged for abatement to commit murder.

27-year-old Amelia Garrido charged for abatement to commit murder.

Jose Valladarez, 29, was charged for murder while his common-law wife, 27-year-old Amelia Garrido was charged for ‘abetment to commit murder.’ The pair, both residents of Armenia, and neighbors of Albeno’s, were charged late Thursday evening and are expected to be arraigned on Friday.

Albeno’s body was discovered in an advanced state of decomposition, about 150 feet off the Hummingbird Highway near mile 46 and a half, by a cattle farmer and his four-year-old son around 4:15 p.m. on November 13th.
Police say that an on-site post mortem conducted on the body revealed that the victim died from a gunshot injury to his chest, while another gunshot wound was observed on his left leg.

At a police press conference on Thursday morning, head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, ACP Joseph Myvett, stated that police had received information that Albeno’s murder is suspected to have been drug related.

His family members, however, believe that he was murdered after he failed to split the proceeds from the sale of a Mayan artifact, which he had recently sold.
Police have also recovered a 16-gauge shotgun believed to be the murder weapon.

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