Christian Lloyd killer sentenced to 20 years

POSTED: 10/13/11 12:28 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Anthony Ray Spencer to 20 years imprisonment for the January 23, 2010 murder of Christian Lloyd. The prosecution demanded 24 years at the trial on September 21.
With the sentence the long and cumbersome legal procedures surrounding the murder have come to a conclusion, though Spencer will likely appeal the verdict. The court case was postponed a record six times since the defendant appeared in court for the first time on June 2 of last year.
Judge mr. M. Keppels wrote in her ruling that the court considers there is proof for murder. The 37-year-old Lloyd was found lying on his back on his bed on January 25. He was killed by a single gunshot to his left temple.
Spencer has always refused to admit to the killing. In the beginning he even denied that he ever had phone-contact with the victim whom he would later describe to an acquaintance as “the gay guy.” But the investigation showed that Spencer and Lloyd had not less than 34 of those contacts in August 2009. On the day before the murder, August 22, he also called Lloyd.
Investigators found a piece of duct tape with the defendant’s DNA on it. Two people told independently of each other to the police that Spencer had told them he had committed the murder.
Before the murder, Spencer asked several people how he could take money out of an ATM with a credit card that did not belong to him. One of these acquaintances told the police that Spencer had said to him on the day before the murder that he intended to rob someone and that he even might have to murder his intended victim.
The court also noted that Spencer had a phone that belonged to the victim in his possession. There were no signs of forced entry or of a struggle on the murder scene. This led the court to conclude that Lloyd admitted Spencer into his home.
Judge Keppels considered that, because Spencer opted not to give any information to investigators that the victim’s family will have to live with many unanswered questions. The Judge also took into account that Spencer has a record for violent crimes he committed in the United States.

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