Murder conviction overturned again

William Martinez-McLaughlin is now a free man after a second murder conviction against him was overturned by the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal Friday.

“It is not appropriate and the interests of justice do not require a new trial,” Sir John Chadwick, president of the Court of Appeal said.

McLaughlin was discharged Friday afternoon as there were no further reasons to hold him in custody.

McLaughlin was found guilty in April 2011 of murdering Brian Rankine Carter in 2008. It was his second trial by jury and second guilty verdict in the case. It was that verdict that Friday’s Court of Appeal decision overturned.

Mr. Rankine Carter was 20 when he died of multiple chop wounds to his face, head and arms. His body was found lifeless and naked in a parking lot off McField Lane in George Town on the night of Friday, 16 May 2008.

The guilty verdict against McLaughlin in the first murder trial was appealed and the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal overturned the verdict in August 2010, ordering a new trial. The successful ground of appeal was that Justice Alex Henderson had misdirected the jury.

 

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