Mechanic shot dead on independence eve

By Marion V. Ali
Staff Reporter

Belize City police have detained a 27-year-old man and are looking for another in relation to the murder of Glenmore Stephens, 38, a mechanic who was shot in the back shortly after 7 p.m. on Independence Eve.

The incident happened as Stephens was walking on Raleigh Street near Electric Avenue and McKay Boulevard behind the Charles Bartlet Hyde Complex in the Lake Independence area of Belize.

Police say that a man walked up to Stephens and fired more than ten shots at him, hitting him in the chest and abdomen before running off. Police have recovered 10 expended nine millimeter shells from the scene. They also allege that the shooter returned to the area as police processed the murder scene. Investigators strongly believe that the murder was drug-related.

In October of 2010, Stephens was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and robbery in connection with an armed hold-up in Independence Village. In that incident, two robbers stole $12,000 from a salesman for Quality Poultry Products.

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