Two islanders, Delson Paguada and Lucio Salazar, were arraigned on Tuesday, January 3rd, for the December 30th shooting death of American tourist J’Bria Michelle Bowens in San Pedro Town. A third person, Alfredo Trapp, is wanted for questioning by police. One thing this trio has in common is that they have all faced Murder charges in the past. However, each has managed to get out of imprisonment in one way or another. Paguada and Salazar remain remanded at the Kolbe Foundation Belize Central Prison until their next court date on March 3rd. If Trapp, who is still at large, is apprehended and charged with Bowens murder, he is to appear in court on that same date.

Paguada has a long history with the law. According to police, he is one of the prominent people suspected of being involved in the drug turf war on the island and blamed for a spike in crime in 2018. In January of that same year, Paguada, along with a 45-year-old man and a minor, were arrested for the deadly shooting of Jimell Paul Jex and the wounding of his cousin Dion Neal. Paguada and the other adult were formally prosecuted for the charge of Murder and remanded. They both denied the accusation, while the minor was reportedly sent to the Wagner’s Youth Facility.

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