An underaged girl and a 23-year-old man have been charged for the brutal murder of 16-year-old student Chryslin Gladden.
Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith jointly charged 23-year-old Clement Bol Jr. and a 17-year-old girl with murder when they appeared in court on Wednesday. They were both remanded to the Belize Central Prison until September 5.
Bol appeared in court unrepresented while the girl was represented by attorney Ellis Arnold.
Reports say that the crime may have been motivated by jealousy.
The 17-year-old girl is Chryslin’s former classmate. Bol, a construction worker of Grace Avenue in Belize City, has a history of crime and violence. He was shot in 2011, and was also convicted of robbery and harm that same year.
Police had detained a third suspect, a police constable, in connection with the murderbut he was later cleared of any suspicion and released.
Gladden’s mutilated body was recovered from a shallow grave at Lord Ridge Cemetery last Saturday, shortly after 5 a.m. by someone passing through the grave yard.
Police recovered a 10-inch knife, thought to be the murder weapon, some 200 feet from where Gladden was found.
Chryslin had also been robbed of two cell phones and some jewelry, which police say they have yet to recover.
Chryslin was last seen alive on Friday, night August 1, socializing with some friends in the Boots Crescent area.
Chryslin recently graduated from Wesley College and, according to her family, was getting ready to attend the University of Belize when the new semester opens.