Attempted Murder Trial Continues for Seaman Keyren Tzib: Defense to Present Case Tomorrow
Almost nine years later, and Seaman Keyren Tzib still has a court matter of attempted murder looming above her. Tzib is standing trial for reportedly trying to kill his Coast Guard colleague, 37-year-old, Kurt Hyde. The matter began on January 17, and today the Crown Counsel closed its arguments on the matter. Also today in the courtroom of Justice Candace Nanton, Attorney Darrell Bradley made a no-case submission on behalf of Tzib, but it was rejected. The matter will resume tomorrow in court where Tzib is expected to present her defence via a dock statement. Additionally, four witnesses will be called by her defence team. The attempted murder allegation came about in April 2015 when Tzib allegedly shot Hyde as they were traveling in a Belize Coast Guard vessel from San Pedro Town to Belize City. Court testimonies say that there were 16 persons aboard the vessel, and that Hyde, who was driving the boat at the time, was unable to identify his shooter since he had his back turned. There were, however, multiple witness statements that identify the shooter. The three main testimonies in the trial were BDF soldier, Noel Lanza; boat captain for the Belize Port Authority, and Tyrone Young of the Coast Guard who has since passed away. According to Lanza, he saw when the accused stood up, took aim and fired a shot. The shooting was carried out with an M-4 Carbine rifle. Tzib is currently out on a ten thousand dollar bail.