Charges dropped against one man accused in murder case

Jose Sanchez remains in custody, charged with murder

The charges against Blake Christopher Barrell, accused of being an accessory after the fact following the fatal shooting of Solomon David Webster last month, were discontinued on Friday. 

“You’re free to go,” Justice Charles Quin told him after Crown counsel Greg Walcolm submitted a formal notice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. 

Mr. Barrell, 30, had been charged as an accessory after the fact to murder and accessory after the fact to manslaughter.  

Both related to the death of Mr. Webster, which occurred after an incident on Sunday, Sept. 7, at Miss Daisy Lane in West Bay. Details alleged that Barrell, knowing or believing that Jose Guadelupe Sanchez had murdered or unlawfully killed Mr. Webster, assisted Sanchez by providing him with a telephone handset and telephone calls, with intent to impede his apprehension or prosecution.  

Mr. Barrell first appeared in court on Sept. 19. Represented by attorney Laurence Aiolfi, he was granted bail on Sept. 23. 

Bail conditions had included a surety in the sum of $20,000 with $10,000 of that as a cash deposit; a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.; daily reporting to police; and, since he is a fisherman by occupation, a requirement that he had to report his intended site to the Marine Enforcement Unit along with times of intended departure and return. 

With the charges no longer before the court, Mr. Barrell is not bound by any bail conditions any longer. 

“Those would cease to exist since the matter that gave rise to them has ceased,” Mr. Walcolm confirmed. 

Another man charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder and manslaughter is scheduled to return to Grand Court on Oct. 31. 

Sanchez, who remained in custody on the charge of murder, has a mention date of Nov. 7. 

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