23-year-old Javan Moody was arraigned today in court for the murder of his girlfriend, 31-year-old Ariana Jones. Cayo Correspondent Pauline Soberanis Tillett has the details of what transpired in court today.
Today 23-year-old Javan Moody a resident of Ladyville Belize district was arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate’s court for the murder of 31-year-old Ariana Jones Bejerano which occured in San Ignacio Cayo district. Bejerano’s nude body was discovered just after 6am on Saturday bearing multiple stab wounds. Love News spoke with Hurl Hamilton Moody’s lawyer.
Hurl Hamilton, Attorney: “He was arraigned just a while ago. His name is Javan Moody, he was arraigned for one single count of murder and he’s to return back to court on the 13th of May this year. Well at this stage of the proceedings no plea was taken as it is an indictable matter, a matter that is to be heard at the Supreme Court so normally a plea is not take at the Magistrate’s court; the charge was just read to him that single count. Well clearly he’s denying the allegation. He’s saying that it wasn’t him, as a matter of fact he’s saying that he was framed in relation to the matter and the police have the wrong person. Well I don’t know why he didn’t report the matter to the hospital, every individual responds to things differently. Perhaps he thought that the police station is the best place to go so I wouldn’t be able to answer that.”
We also spoke to Bejarrano’s family friend.
Family friend: “Here’s what I would say. I’m very frustrated, I’m very angry right now but I would say that Ariana is a loving ,caring, good person that loves Belize, she’s been here for a long time, she’s a good person to many people. She’s taken many people into her life, she treats people well, she didn’t deserve this. She loved Belize and for this to be the way that she goes out and to hear that some dude now he wants to say because he got some advice from a lawyer or something or maybe his mom or his grand mom to say whatever I get it you’re in trouble, your caught, you’re cracked your done so you’re going to come up with any kind of story to get out of it. Take responsibility, you want to be a man now after you commit a murder and kill a girl? Take some responsibility, give some peace to the mom and dad, give some peace to the family, the sisters, the brothers everybody that’s what you do. You want to be a man? Be a man and do that.”