By Anita Nembhard
Three Belize City men accused of the murder of Belize Defense Force (BDF) soldier James Noralez were given their freedom on Wednesday morning, after Judge Troadio “John” Gonzalez delivered a “No Case to Answer” ruling.
Evidence produced placed defendants Tyrone Meighan, 22, Orel Leslie, 27, and Brandon Baptist, 30, in a yard socializing with Aaron Paquil, and the victim on November 26, 2012.
They ran out of drinks and investigators believe the defendants lured Noralez to the junction of Fabers Road and the George Price Highway. The men then forced him out of the vehicle, reportedly shot him several times and left him there to die.
The main witness in the case, Aaron Paquil, told police that he heard the three accused men whispering their intention to kill Noralez that day, while they were socializating.
When the prosecution closed its case, Ellis Arnold and Dickey Bradley, defense attorneys, made a No-case submissions on the premise that none of the witnesses provided evidence which directly tied them to the murder of James Norales.
After consideration, Justice Gonzalez upheld the no-case submissions and acquitted all 3 men, allowing them to go free.