BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 16, 2016–The interdicted Belize Coast Guard seaman, Keyren Tzib, appeared in the courtroom of Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith this morning, along with her attorney Darrell Bradley to continue the preliminary inquiry into her attempted murder charge.
At the end of the process—which involved the submission of statements and documentary evidence that the Crown had gathered against Tzib—she was committed to stand trial for attempted murder and the use of deadly means of harm against fellow Coast Guard officer Kurt Hyde, whom she allegedly shot on Easter Monday, April 6, 2015.
The 25-year-old Tzib sat quietly, as the court prosecutor read out the names of witnesses who gave statements to the police. There was neither objection nor submission from her attorney challenging the evidence that had been gathered against Tzib.
Chief Magistrate Smith told Tzib that she was committing her to stand trial in the October session of the Supreme Court, which begins on October 4.
Tzib—who was previously released on bail granted by the Supreme Court—was not required to post new bail.
On April 6, 2015, Tzib allegedly shot Coast Guard Petty Officer (First Class), Kurt Hyde, with her Coast Guard issued M4-carbine rifle in his face.
Both Hyde and Tzib were returning to the Belize Coast Guard headquarters at Belizean Beach onboard CG4, a Coast Guard boat, when the incident occurred.
They had been deployed to the San Pedro area, where they were on an exercise, along with members of the Belize Defence Force—seven of whom have given statements to police.
In addition to her attempted murder and use of deadly means of harm charges, for which she will be indicted at the opening of the October session of the Supreme Court, Tzib has also been committed to stand trial for manslaughter for the death of her common-law husband Thytis Blancaneaux, 30, whom she allegedly stabbed during a domestic dispute at their home in the Spanish Town area of Lords Bank, Ladyville.
On Saturday, July 18, 2015, Blancaneaux was stabbed once to the shoulder. He immediately collapsed and died outside the home which he had been sharing with Tzib.