By Marion V. Ali
Reliable reports reaching The Reporter say that Brian Hyde, the 19 year-old Belizean from Belmopan, who was charged last week by Florida police with the murder of three members of his family, was seeking asylum in the US. Hyde fled Belize after being accused charge of “assaulting a police officer”.
A Florida immigration officer has confirmed that Hyde was seeking asylum since his entry into the US in January of this year. Hyde, we are told, was released on bond by a US immigration judge after an agent stopped him while crossing the US/Mexico border.
Dorrien Pitts, who is married to Hyde’s aunt, has said that although Hyde was seeking asylum, his name was never entered into the international fugitive database.
The immigration judge who dealt with his case did not know he was a wanted man, or Hyde would have been deported immediately to Belize, even if he was seeking asylum.
After being charged with assaulting a police officer, Hyde fled. The case proceeded however, and he was sentenced to six months in absentia.
In the latest incident, Hyde is the prime and only suspect for the stabbing murders of his aunt, Dorla Pitts, 37, her daughter, 17 year old Starlette, who was pregnant, and Starlette’s boyfriend, Michael Kelly, 19.
Florida police say Hyde was found driving a stolen car without a valid driver’s license, contrary to the flow of traffic immeadiately after the killings.
Blood stains were found inside the car. He is charged in the US with three counts of murder and one count of causing the death of an unborn child.
Hyde had been staying with the family since his arrival in the US. Information reaching Belize say that he did not feel “accepted” in America.
Prior to his escape to the US, Hyde had a charge sheet that dated back to around 2010. His crimes included robbery, theft, handling stolen goods, and assaulting a police officer.
He was also a suspect in a double murder of two tourists whose bodies were found in the Roaring Creek River in 2012.