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Family of slain police officer seeks compensation

PC Dean Yearwood Junior was shot and killed on September 8, 2013 on Central American Boulevard in Belize City. The man who pulled the trigger was a fellow police officer, PC Glenwayne Grant. Yearwood’s family is seeking compensation from the government. A trial hearing began today before Justice Sonya Young. Representing the Government are attorneys Trienia Young and Agassi Finnegan while the attorney for Yearwood’s family is Philip Palacio. On the stand PC Grant maintained that on the night of the fatal shooting he came upon a shooting and identified himself as a police officer and fired after the alleged culprit. But at the end of it, it was PC Yearwood who was fatally injured. Yearwood’s family has maintained it was a wrongful death and someone should be held responsible for his death. This morning attorney Palacio called two witnesses, Ryan Swift and Yearwood’s father. The defense called four witnesses that included PC Grant, Doctor Mario Estradaban, arresting officer, Sergeant Isiacs Sanchez along with the scenes of crime personnel, Daniel Daniels. Yearwood’s attorney asked that they visit the scene of the shooting so witnesses could see where PC Yearwood was standing when he was shot, however Justice Young said the incident was almost two years and there is no way they would visit the scene at one o’clock in the morning which is when Yearwood was shot. The case will continue on Thursday.