Director of Public Prosecution, (DPP) Cheryl-lynn Vidal has confirmed to The Reporter that she has instructed Dangriga Police to charge Belize City resident, Marsha Reid, 35, for the murder of Belize Defense Force (BDF) Corporal Donovan Castillo, 37.
Reid, a domestic of # 4 Raccoon Street, was initially detained by Dangriga police, who released her on Wednesday, May 23rd, after she had been in custody for 48 hours.
DPP Vidal said she has completed the case file the police had submitted to her and she is satisfied that there is enough evidence to charge Reid for Castillo’s murder.
When she was first arrested, Reid told police that she stabbed Castillo in self-defence, while they were having a domestic dispute.
However, Vidal says the autopsy result does not show any evidence that Castillo was involved in a struggle.
Around 7:30 a.m. on Monday, May 21, Dangriga Police responded to a scene at #2542 Teachers Street, in Dangriga Town, where they found Donovan Denvern Castillo, a BDF soldier who had recently completed overseas training with the United States Navy, sitting on a sofa in the living room.
He had been stabbed twice in the right side of his neck, once in the left side of his shoulder, and he had a cut on the right side of his head.
One of Castillo’s cousins, Chico Ramos, told the media that his cousin was asleep when he was stabbed.
Ramos alleges that Reid locked up Castillo’s young nephew in a separate room in the house and took away his cell phone, before she proceeded to stab Castillo.