Renan Briceño, the man accused of shooting and killing a 19-year-old at Palm Island in 2011, was found not guilty in the Supreme Court by Justice Troadio Gonzalez Wednesday.
According to Gonzalez, the prosecution led by Crown Counsels Shanice Lovell and Portia Staine failed to prove that Briceño was the person that shot and killed Dale Tillet at the club on New Year’s Eve 2011.
After the verdict was delivered Briceño left the court immediately under police guard. Tillet’s mother descended the Supreme Court stairs crying uncontrollably and had to be helped away.
The case fell apart after Albert “Long John” Fuentes, a witness who was to testify against Briceño, was killed in the multiple murders near George Street January 2013.
According to Briceño’s version of events, he was there at the club doing a promotion for SMART where he worked at the time and left his gun with Tulio Caceres, now also deceased, and went inside the club. He claimed that when he came out he heard shots being fired, and ran. His gun was later given back him by CEaceres.
Tillet died several days after the shooting and his deathis believed to have triggered a series of retaliations that disturbed the gang truce whichthe government had facilitated.