Features — 24 June 2014 — by Kareem Clarke
Constable Marroquin released on bail for attempted murder

A police officer from San Ignacio Town who was recently charged for attempted murder, harm, and use of deadly means of harm upon a teenager from Unitedville was granted bail today at the Supreme Court in Belize City.

Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez offered Police Constable Jesus Marroquin, 31, Supreme Court bail of $8,000 for the offense of attempted murder at around 11:00 a.m. this morning.

Last Friday, June 13, Marroquin and three other officers from the police’s Quick Response Team in San Ignacio were arraigned in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court in connection with the May 25 shooting of Elston Arnold, 19, who was shot in the back during an alleged altercation between the four officers and a group of youths near a bus stop in Unitedville.

Arnold, who was riding with four of his cousins, claimed that he was arbitrarily shot in the back with a 12-gauge pump action shotgun while walking away from the scene of the scuffle.

The victim was hospitalized, and a week later, Marroquin and the other three officers – Police Corporal Ricky Valencia, PC Maxwell Valerio and Special Constable Ernesto Budna – were all reprimanded for the incident.

While Valencia, Valerio and Budna received bail, Marroquin was remanded to prison because of his additional charges, one of which was indictable.

In late 2006, Marroquin, who at the time was posted at the Ladyville Police Station, was accused of the murder of a mentally challenged man, Egbert Gordon, Jr., 29, who was shot inside a house he was allegedly burglarizing in the Los Lagos community.

After being threatened with a lawsuit by Gordon’s family, Marroquin was later charged in court for murder, but the charge was eventually withdrawn due to lack of evidence.

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