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First Nolle prosequi for the year

A Nolle prosequi for a murder charge occurred this morning in the courtroom of Justice Marilyn Williams. The accused gunman Paul Smith who was charged for the murder of Frank Neal walked free this morning. Frank Neal was gunned down near an alley at the corner of Cairo and Glenn Street in the Southside of Belize City.

A Nolle prosequi for a murder charge occurred this morning in the courtroom of Justice Marilyn Williams. The accused gunman Paul Smith who was charged for the murder of Frank Neal walked free this morning. Frank Neal was gunned down near an alley at the corner of Cairo and Glenn Street in the Southside of Belize City. Smith, an associate of the Pregnant Alley area of Southside Belize City had been on remand since May 2013 when the murder took place. This morning, Senior Crown Counsel for the DPP’s office, Sheneiza Smith entered a nolle prosequi against Smith for Neal’s murder as the crown will not be continuing the case against him at this time. This is the first case of nolle prosequi to occur at the Supreme Court for murder since the January session of the Supreme Court kicked off on Tuesday, January 21, 8 days ago. The story is that Neal went to the area to buy Johnnycake when she was shot. Neal fell into a drain and died on the spot. On May 6, 2013, Smith was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for his murder. He was brought back to court and arraigned for Neal’s murder and later remanded to the Belize Central Prison. After more than a year on remand for Neal’s murder, Smith saw his case committed to stand trial at the Supreme Court and on September 23, 2014, he was indicted for a single charge of murder.  Today after 6 years and 8 months in prison, Smith walks free from a murder charge. A case of nolle prosequi can always be brought back against the accused by the DPP’s office when they get the evidence, they need to rely on in a trial.  Smith who is now free can be rearrested and charged at any time back for the murder of Frank Neal.