BELIZE CITY, Mon. Apr. 13, 2015–Police say that internal gang warfare has erupted in “Ghost Town,” as the Mayflower Street area has come to be known, between factions of the Ghost Town Crips. On Saturday, the war claimed yet another life when Edward “Ghost” Usher, 40, was executed on his own turf.
According to reports, Usher had been shot in the neck, head and back.
This afternoon, police brought Percival Pilgrim, 20, to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court, where he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, who arraigned him on a single count of murder “for intentionally causing the death of Edward Usher by unlawful means.”
Pilgrim did not have to enter a plea, because his case at the Magistrate’s Court will only be dealt with as a preliminary inquiry, and if a prima facie case is made out against him, it will be sent to the Supreme Court, where it will be heard on indictment.
Pilgrim was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his next court appearance date on June 20.
Belize City police reported that on Saturday, April 11, about 9:20 a.m., they visited 5 Mayflower Street, where they saw Edward Usher lying face-down on the steps of a two-storey wooden house, apparently dead.
Police said that their initial investigation revealed that about 9:00 a.m., Usher was walking inside the yard on Mayflower Street when he was approached by an assailant who was armed with a handgun.
The assailant fired several shots which caught Usher. He was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 10:41 a.m.