Murder defendant elects trial by judge alone

Jose Sanchez accused in shooting death of Solomon David Webster, a Special Olympics athlete

Jose Guadelupe Sanchez elected trial by judge alone on Monday after pleading not guilty to the murder of Solomon David Webster on Sept. 7, 2014, at Miss Daisy Lane in West Bay. He also entered a plea of not guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm, a Colt pistol.

Lead defense counsel Mark Heywood told Justice Charles Quin that the heart of the case was the firearm, which he described as an old Colt Commander.

Mr. Heywood said the firearm had been recovered and analyzed. A partial DNA profile was obtained, he revealed, but the Crown expert had said it was suitable only for exclusion purposes.

The defendant and the deceased were both excluded, he summarized. He questioned whether a third man was a contributor to that profile.

Mr. Heywood is instructed by attorney Guy Dilliway-Parry.

Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards is conducting the prosecution, assisted by Senior Crown Counsel Tricia Hutchinson.

Proceedings were adjourned until Tuesday morning for counsel to discuss a disclosure issue pertaining to a witness.

Approximately 70 jurors attended for jury selection; they were directed to return for another matter on Tuesday morning in Court 5.