Judge to rule Thursday in murder case

Trial began May 4 for man charged with killing Special Olympics athlete

Justice Charles Quin is expected to give two rulings on Thursday, June 4, in the trial of Jose Guadalupe Sanchez. 

Sanchez is charged with murdering Solomon Webster, a Special Olympics athlete, on Sept. 7, 2014, in a yard off Miss Daisy Lane in West Bay. The incident began with a struggle between Sanchez and another man, Shaquille Bush, in which Mr. Webster became involved. He died later that night after a bullet perforated an artery in his thigh. 

A second charge against Sanchez is possession of an unlicensed firearm – a Colt Commander handgun recovered in the yard. 

Trial began on May 4, when Sanchez elected to be tried by judge alone. Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards called her last witness on May 19. There have been several legal arguments since then, some of them closed to the public. 

This week, defense counsel Mark Heywood argued that there had been an abuse of process – a cumulative series of facts which had the potential to give rise to significant unfairness for which there was no adequate remedy during the trial process.  

He also argued that there was no case for Sanchez to answer on the charge of murder and Ms. Richards replied. 

Mr. Heywood previously argued that there was no case to answer on the firearm charge, but Justice Quin dismissed that submission.