Spencer appeal Lloyd-murder postponed until January 2013

POSTED: 10/4/12 12:43 PM

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice postponed the appeal of Anthony Ray Spencer against his 20-year sentence for murder of Christian Lloyd until January 30 of next year.
Spencer appeared in court yesterday afternoon with his attorney mr. Cor Merx, who asked the court to hear several witnesses. The court allowed the defense to hear the pathologist at the judge of instruction about details of her report and also allowed one other witness.
The court also instructed the solicitor-general to make an effort to track down a junk in Middle Region from whom Spencer allegedly bought a telephone. If the prosecutor’s office manages to track down the junk, he will be heard at the Judge of Instruction.
The court rejected requests for two other witnesses.
The murder victim, 37-year-old Christian Lloyd, was killed with a single gunshot to his head on January 23, 2010, but the body was found two days later. Spencer initially denied that he ever had phone contacts with Lloyd, whom he later described to an acquaintance as “that gay guy.” But phone records showed at least 34 phone-contacts between Spencer and Lloyd in January 2010. There was also phone contact on the day before the murder. A piece of duct tape that was found under the body contained DNA trace evidence that linked Spencer to the killing.
Eighteen days after he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the murder, Spencer briefly escaped from the Pointe Blanche prison on October 30 of last year. He was recaptured after 37 hours and still has to stand trial for the escape in the Court in First Instance.

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