The murder trial involving William Mason and his associates continued today in Belmopan. The case is experiencing multiple delays as the witness that Mason has called is an employee of the US Embassy who is out of the country. Currently, the court is awaiting to see if the diplomatic communication between both governments will allow the witness to return to Belize or if other alternatives would have to be considered. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke to Attorney Bryan Neal, the attorney for two of the associates, namely, Kieron and Terrence Fernandez.
Bryan Neal, Attorney for two of the accused: “Well the witness is a witness who worked at the American Embassy and is no longer in Belize so there was an exchange, what I understand from what the judge said, there were some exchanges of diplomatic notes between Belize and the United States of America and they are close to finalizing the recording of a statement to determine if they want the witness to come or testify via Skype. The judge is saying she prefers having waited for three weeks to get this witness and get the statement that we should wait another week to see if the witness materializes and then determine if we close the case after that witness. Well my concern is I am looking at the constitutionality of a fair trial in this matter. This matter started with a previous attorney, five attorneys were brought on board, a sixth was brought on board, months have passed so that my concern now as a defense attorney is the time that it is taking and whether we can say that there is a fair trial here. So I am of the view that the quicker we close this case the fairer it will be to the defendants. The judge asked us to look at some of the issues, some of the issues I raised is whether there was any joint enterprise between my client and the other four accused, I don’t see it. Whether the DNA evidence is sufficient and the circumstantial evidence is sufficient to convict him beyond a reasonable doubt I don’t see it and whether or not his presence at the farm outside of what the witnesses have said makes him guilty I don’t see that and lastly whether the poor pastor even died at that farm making that farm the crime scene, that is a very relevant issue as far as I’m concerned – we don’t know where he died.”