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Two arraigned for the attempted murder of James Elijio, 29

CrimeTwo arraigned for the attempted murder of James Elijio, 29

Joseph Lopez, 19, and a 17-year-old minor were remanded to the Belize Central Prison after they were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith on charges of attempted murder and use of deadly means of harm against James Elijio, 29.

No plea was taken from the two accused, because their case will be heard on indictment in the Supreme Court.

On the night of January 15, 2014, James Elijio, a mentally challenged man, went outside his Flamboyant Street home to urinate.

Elijio was just about to return inside when two men approached him from the direction of Casuarina Street. Two shots were fired at Elijio. One of the bullets caught Elijio behind his neck and he was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted in a critical condition.

Following the shooting, both gunmen ran in the direction of Black Orchid Street. Quick police response, however, led to the immediate detention of one of the men.

Lopez and the minor are due to return to court on April 22.

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