MERIDA – On Monday December 4, the oral trial began against the Veracruz-born Juan CL M, accused of murdering the Canadian photographer Barbara McClatchie Andrews, 74 years-old, whose body was found on the Mérida-Valladolid highway on September 30, 2016.
The defendant was employed as an ADO van driver and allegedly was driving the victim from Cancun Airport to Merida on the date the murder occurred.
The case is taken by the Second Court of Oral Trial composed of Judges Maria del Socorro Tamayo Aranda, Veronica Jesus Burgos Pérez and Sergio Javier Marfil Gomez, who will hear more than 20 people, including experts and witnesses, during the seven days the trial will last.
To reach the resolution one year ago, Judge May Tinal took into account the interviews, expert opinions and videos from the security cameras that were projected at the hearing, to presume the participation of the accused in this homicide that has the qualifications of premeditation and advantage.
The judge explained that the premeditation was updated through the necropsy protocol performed by a forensic doctor, in which he determined that the cause of death was mechanical asphyxia by strangulation in a loop, as well as the qualification of advantage since the accused was physically superior to the victim.
It was also based on videos from the city’s cameras that showed that a transportation vehicle that had the ADO airport legend entered through the Pereferico highway and reached a terminal located next to the Fiesta Americana Hotel. After that the same vehicle returned by the same road to the Merida-Cancun highway and approximately 12 minutes later returned to the city of Merida by the same highway.
In addition, in the search conducted at the defendant’s home, a professional camera, a laptop and business cards were found bearing the victim’s name.
The interview report of the chief of logistics of the bus company of the East ADO was also exhibited, who reported that the accused person was assigned the trip from the Cancun airport, at 9:15 p.m. on September 29, destined to the City of Merida, as well as a test data that informs about the number of passengers that were on board the unit.
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