Crime — 13 August 2013 — by Rochelle Gillett
Shakeem Humes, 20, offered bail after 8 months on remand

Humes was charged with the attempted murder of Marco Valle on January 1, 2013

Marco Valle, 48, was shot in his head while riding to his workplace at Princess Hotel and Casino just minutes after the New Year had been ushered in by much fanfare and fireworks.

Valle had been riding his bicycle along with another male when someone just rode past them and fired the single shot that hit Valle in his head.

Three days later, police already had someone in custody who they believed to be the person who shot Valle in a senseless act. On January 4, 2013, as Valle was on life support and his family and friends prayed for his life, Shakeem Humes, 20, known as “Bap”, was being arraigned for his shooting.

Humes was charged with attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm, all stemming from Valle’s shooting. No bail was offered to Humes at the time and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his next court appearance, which was scheduled for February 15.

Humes remained on remand from then and today when he appeared in court with his lawyer, Anthony Sylvester, he was offered bail of $7,000 and one surety of the same amount.

Before noon today, Humes was able to meet his bail after being remanded for eight months. It is noteworthy that Humes was charged with causing public terror when the December 15, 2012 Park Fest erupted in chaos after shots were fired at revelers in the park.

Humes pleaded not guilty to the charge of “causing public terror” and was offered bail on December 31, 2012, just hours before Valle was shot.

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