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Six years after, Andrew Willoughby found guilty of murdering 11-year-old Daniel Matura

Thirty-five year old Andrew Willoughby, charged with the murder of 11 year old Daniel Matura, was found guilty of the charge today by Justice Marilyn Williams in a trial that was without a jury. Justice Williams has deferred sentencing until July 17 in order to hear pleas for mitigation. The incident occurred sometime after eight o’clock in the morning of May 21, 2012, on Central American Boulevard in front of Belizean Drug Store. Willoughby was firing shots at Brandon Taylor and Roy Felix, who were riding on bicycles when Matura, who was running across the street, was stuck by two bullets. The Crown, represented by Crown Counsel Rene Montero, called 11 witnesses, three of them eye witnesses. Justice Williams said she was satisfied that they positively identified Willoughby as the shooter. Willoughby gave a statement from the dock in which he said that at the time of the shooting he was at the home of his girlfriend, Catherine Blease and he was picked up by the police at her gate. Willoughby had given a caution to the police in which he admitted that he was the shooter. But at a voire dire he said that he was beaten by the policed to give the statement and he was promised by the police that if he gave the statement they would accept a statement from him that Taylor shot Kaylon Matura. But Justice Williams rejected his evidence at the voire dire and ruled that he had given the caution statement voluntarily. Willoughby was represented by attorney Leeroy Banner.