Christian Lloyd murder-suspect finally stands trial today

POSTED: 09/21/11 12:53 PM

St. Maarten – Anthony Ray S. finally stands trial today in the Court in First Instance for the January 23, 2010 murder of Christian Lloyd. The trial has been postponed six times since the defendant appeared in court for the first time on June 2 of last year. Lloyd was murdered in his home with a single gunshot to his head.
Anthony Ray S. appeared in court for the first time on June 2 of last year. That day, the prosecution asked for a postponement, because the technical investigation was incomplete, as the prosecutor’s office was still awaiting results from DNA-tests by the Dutch Forensic Institute NFI.
S.’s first attorney, mr. G. Hatzmann pointed out at the time already that the case against his client was weak.
The prosecutions argument was from the beginning that S. told several people that he killed Lloyd.
On September 22 of last year, the second postponement was necessary because Hatzmann had withdrawn as the defendant’s attorney after a disagreement about the way he wanted to handle the defense.
On November 18, S. appeared in court without a lawyer, reason for another postponement. Attempts to replace Hatzmann with mr. S.R. Bommel fell through, because one of her clients made incriminating statements about S. Due to this conflict of interest, Bommel was unable to take the case. Searching for an alternative proved to be a cumbersome adventure, because the defendant “felt no connection” with the suggested attorney, mr. E.Y. Knoppel. In the end, the court found the dean of the Bar Association, mr. B.G. Hofman, prepared to defend S. But on November 18, Hofman was not available, and the court saw no other option than to move the trial to January 13 of this year.
Hofman handed over the case to mr. Stomp by then. He asked for a postponement on January 13, because he wanted to hear fourteen witnesses, obtain a technical report about the murder weapon as well as a report about telecommunication traffic between the victim and his client, and have a report written about his client by the Rehabilitation Bureau.

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