This was sent in to us anonymously via email and asking that we share it so others can know that the Belize Police refuse to do their jobs.
Back in 2012 Canadian National William L Webster aka Billy Webster, was found dead in his home in Santa Elena, Belize police ruled the case suicide and have refused to re-open the case despite numerous requests from William’s wife and an independent investigation that shows that Billy did not and could not have committed suicide.
The following quote is from News5:
“When I got down there on the twenty-ninth, it took me about a day and a half to get the nerve to go downstairs to where it actually happened. But when I did go down, I went down there with a tape measure and I started measuring things. I used to be a welder, I used to be a fabricator…I’m very analytical and I’m very technical-minded. I just looked at everything and I’m going there is no way that this could have possibly happened the way they said it did. It just could not have happened. From there I tried convincing the Police of this and they would not hear it. They dismissed me as a hysterical widow and that was it. An acquaintance there pointed me to someone who might be able to help. This gentleman was an American. He worked for the US Army and was a criminal investigator. I met with him, gave him the whole story and he sat there and said this thing stinks to high heaven and he took the case. The findings were that the injuries were inconsistent with a hanging. The lividity in the body was inconsistent with a hanging. If it was a legitimate hanging the blood would have pooled in his feet, but it pooled in his back. All of the evidence that we used to do the recreation, everything that we got, came from the Police and the Police are sitting there saying we do not have any evidence that indicates that anybody else was involved, but yet our investigation was based on their evidence. We went to the D.P.P. She sent the case file back to San Ignacio. I met with Moody and Reyes either last Thursday or Friday when I was there, and basically they said no, we do not have any evidence that indicates anybody else was involved in this. It’s a suicide, the case is closed. That’s it, period. At this point I’m going to be contacting Foreign Affairs. They are already aware of the case but I need to contact them to update them on what has happened and what the results of the investigations were, and what my results with further discussion with the Police was. I’m also going to be contacting the Canadian press and whoever else. I’ll take it to the public and let them put the pressure on.”
– Renee Webster
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Investigative Report (IR)
December 10 2013
1. Investigator and identifying Information
a. Investigator(s) and Identifying Information
(1) Mr. Skip Billings, CCF&I, Las Vegas NV 89107
2. Tasking Date, Summary of Tasking, Additional Information, Summary of Investigation
a. Tasking Date
(1) January 16, 2013
b. Summary of Tasking.
(1) On January 16 2013, Mrs. Renee Webster, related that her husband William L (Billy) Webster was found dead on December 23 2012 at his home in Santa Elena, Cayo BZ. Police responded to calls from the victim’s friends who discovered his body hanging by the neck from a wooden beam, located in a basement area of the victim’s home. Police have ruled it a suicide, Mrs. Webster disagrees with that finding as do the victims friends. The victim was found with a strap approximately 1 inch wide by 8 foot long around his neck running up and over a beam that was above his head, then across a basement room to a chain that was secured into the lower left portion of a cement wall at the rear of the room. Mrs. Webster requested an independent investigation into this matter be conducted to determine the circumstances of the death.
c. Additional Information
(1) The room was investigated as to the nature and construction. Further details will be discussed later in this report.
(2) Various versions, lengths, and dimensions of the “Strap” used in this matter were investigated.
(3) The Coroners report has been reviewed. Based on the errors and omissions in this report there is very limited evidentiary information of value that can be determined as accurate. Time of death was not provided or established; only the time pronounced deceased at a local hospital was noted. The coroner was not able to establish a “legal” determination of the cause death. Observations as to the object around the victim’s neck were described as a “Rope” and a “Strap” Both of which have striking differences in shape and composition. Terminology used was inconsistent throughout the report or changed based on the versions of the report of which there were several. The Coroner’s examination of the body included the observation that “clear” urine was noted in the bladder, in another of the reports “dark” urine was noted. This but one example of the numerous inconsistencies noted.
(4) Medical experts have been consulted on the nature of the death in this matter. All agree that the natures of the injuries as described are not consistent with a self-inflicted suicide.
(5) An investigation of the scene was undertaken on two separate occasions. Photographs or video was taken on all occasions. The police failed to conduct any forensic examination of the scene other than the taking of photographs. The police allowed a prime suspect to leave the residence with 2 suitcases containing property from the residence that was the personal property of the deceased and in all probability evidence of the crime. A listing of the contents of the suitcase is attached as an evidence document, however it is vague at best.
d. Summary of the outcome of investigation.
(1) Based on the information uncovered during the investigation of this matter there is no doubt that the victim, Mr. William L (Billy) Webster “could not” have committed suicide. The investigation showed that the victim was either unconscious but alive or was already deceased when he was hung from the wooden beam where the body was found. These determinations are based on the lack of any accurate explanations as to the condition of the body when found, or during the autopsy, and a full investigation and reconstruction of the circumstances surrounding this matter. This investigation showed that the victim could not have “physically” placed the strap around his own neck, yet the police made the determination of a suicide at the scene prior to any medical investigation, police investigation, or additional information.
(2) Additionally based on medical findings associated with the injury noted to the victims neck in the autopsy reports, the requirement to cause this nature of injury would need to be a force of sufficient strength as to create a violent backwards motion as in what one might find in a motor vehicle accident where the person was thrown forward into the windshield or dashboard forcing the chin upwards and snapping the neck backwards or a violent forward/backwards motion such as found in vehicle rear end collisions or vehicle-vs. – Pedestrian accidents. This is often described as a “whiplash” in laymen’s terms. The result is the same and the mechanisms are similar. It should be noted that this type injury could be fatal do to compression of the spinal cord. (1) A drop straight down of inches is not known to be a cause of this type of injury. Further information also noted that this type of injury is only seen in about 0.7% to 1.3% of all neck injuries. This injury is not found in hanging as a normal course because a hanging usually results in the nature of the injury being noted as a “hangman’s” fracture at the 2nd cervical junction or C-2 which in the normal course requires a drop of at least half the distance of the body height to accomplish. (Footnote (a) (a) Source: Traumatic craniocervical injuries account for one-third of all cervical spine injuries. Atlanto-occipital dislocation (AOD) is a severe and usually fatal ligamentous injury, which explains its under-estimated frequency. This is a rare medical condition which incidence is about 0,7 to 1,3% of all cervical spine injuries . The initial trauma is commonly the result of a high-speed motor vehicle or pedestrian collision. Source: Orthopedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research Volume 97, Issue 3, May 2011, Pages 335–340
(3) The only other known causes of this type injury is found in Mixed Martial Arts and Martial Arts which use choking type holds. This training is also taught to Law Enforcement, and Military personnel around the world.
(1) Based on the witness’s testimony a duplicate strap of what was described as an exact type, color and length was obtained and the scene was re-created using an individual who was 73 inches tall. The victim stood 71 inches tall, 2 inches “shorter” than the individual used to re-create the crime scene. The Individual during the reconstruction was unable to place the strap around his neck when standing on the two 16 x 8 X 6- inch high cement blocks as depicted in the police crime scene photographs. (CSP 014) An additional crime scene reconstruction was conducted based on the lack of any information that made sense as to the method of this death. The first reconstruction as noted above failed to provide any pertinent information other than the strap that was used did not match what was in the crime scene photographs obtained after this reconstruction.
(2) A second reconstruction was conducted after obtaining two new straps, one eight-foot long by 1 inch wide and one 10 foot long by 1 inch wide from the same manufacturer as was identified on the strap used in the hanging which was manufactured by Hercules Corporation of Nova Scotia, Canada. The results of this reconstruction produced the exact same results as the first with one notable exception, that being that the ten foot long strap allowed the same individual to stand on the cement floor off of the two bricks as depicted in the police crime scene photographs. Therefore that proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the strap used in this matter was 8 foot long.
(3) The mechanism needed to accomplish this hanging is simply not possible by a single person. In order for this hanging to occur there had to be at least two other individuals present at the time. This is based on the fact that a single individual could not reach or connect the strap to the position on the chain from the position at which the body was found. A single person could not have placed the strap over his or her own head standing on the two cement blocks with the strap already connected to the chain.
(4) Based on the above reconstructions the victim had to have been unconscious or already deceased when the strap was placed around the neck, the body was then held up to the ceiling and a second person attached the strap to the fifth link on the chain. This would place the body at the correct height as measured to the wooden bean shown in the police photographs. (CSP 015, 016) It is therefore clear that this distance was pre-determined at the time the victim was hung. This could only have been determined at that time, as the victim’s heel were less than 7 inches from the cement floor and at least 5 inches below the top brick which would have allowed a conscious and aware individual the ability to stand on top of the stacked bricks. (CSP #022, #030, #031, #032)
(5) As noted in section 2 (D) Paragraph (2) above, the medical findings found in the Coroners Report clearly show there are specific mechanisms that would need to be present, in particular the junction of the strap or knot in the case of a rope would have had to be placed under the victims chin to have even started the processes effective in creating the conditions necessary to cause injuries described in the coroners report. However the crime scene photographs clearly show this not to be the case.
(6) That report clearly states the following. “There is a brown light color “rope” around the neck knotted to the right lateral neck area. Def.: (Latin lateralis; “to the side. As can be seen in the crime scene photos, the “strap” is behind the right ear of the victim with the “strap junction” level with the right ear thereby forcing the victim’s head to the left and down towards the left shoulder area as viewed from behind the victim. This can also be seen as viewed from the side of the victim (CSP 029)
(7) The force required to duplicate this type injury can also be found in a situation where an unconscious victim is hung then grasped by one or two individuals and pulled violently downwards, again with strap or rope to the front of the neck. This procedure simulates a frontal application of force wherein the victim’s head is thrown violently backwards dislocating/hyperextending the neck at the C-1 vertebrae. It should be noted that this application of force often does not break the neck but causes a dislocation and compresses the spinal cord within the C-1 cervical-cranial area of the neck, which can result in death if there is a complete paralysis of the body in that this causes the motor functions of the body to cease.
(8) The requirements necessary for an institutional hanging to be accomplished are specific. The rope or strap must be to the rear of the victim’s neck. The victim must have a fall at least half the height of the human body as would be found in a typical institutional setting for execution by hanging. This distance of drop is used as a measurement to ensure that the victim’s neck is broken during an execution and death is immediate.
- This is not always the case and is one reason that hanging is seen as a brutal and inhumane form of execution in most civilized countries of the world.
- Institutional hangings normally cause an injury at the C-2/3 area of the spinal column as well as other locations below this cervical level.
(9) The technique required to disable an individual could also be found in a technique and application of force that would bring the victim’s head back forcing the chin upwards as would be found in military training programs and martial arts. There are several names given this technique, but it is commonly called “The Sleeper Hold” or “The Rear Naked Choke”. (Footnote:(B) Given sufficient strength and proper application this type hold can render a person unconscious in a matter of seconds on some individuals and will render others unconscious for considerable time frames especially if it is held for extended periods.B: chokehold, choke, stranglehold or, in Judo, shime-waza (Japanese: 絞技; English: constriction technique) Is a general term for grappling hold that critically reduces or prevents either air (choking) or blood (strangling) from passing through the neck of an opponent? The restriction may be of one or both and depends on the hold used and the reaction of the victim. The lack of blood or air may lead to unconsciousness or even death if the hold is maintained. Chokeholds are used in martial arts, combat sports, self-defense, law enforcement and in military hand to hand combat applications. They are considered superior to brute-force manual strangling, which generally requires a large disparity in physical strength to be effective. Rather than using the fingers or arms to attempt to crush the neck, chokeholds effectively use leverage such as figure-four holds or collar holds that use the clothes to assist in the constriction. The terminology used varies; in most martial arts, the term “chokehold” or “choke” is used for all types of grappling holds that strangle. This can be misleading as most holds aim to strangle not choke with the exception of “air chokes” (choking means “to have severe difficulty in breathing because of a constricted or obstructed throat or a lack of air”). In Judo terminology, “blood chokes” are referred to as “strangleholds” or “strangles” while “air chokes” are called “chokeholds” or “chokes”. In forensics the terms “strangle” and “stranglehold” designate any type of neck compression, while in law-enforcement they are referred to as “neck holds”. In Judo, the rear naked choke is known as Hadaka-jime (裸絞め): “rear naked choke”, one of the 36 constriction techniques of Kodokan Judo in the Shime-waza list. Technique: The main characteristic of Hadaka-Jime when compared to other Judo chokes is that it does not require the use of the opponent’s clothing, namely his gi lapel, to create the choking tourniquet. It digs the blade of the wrist into the carotid sinus similar to the handclasp method and uses a lever motion helped by the underhand. It is faster to apply requiring less strength than the figure four/mixed-martial arts version but is more difficult to learn. It is not an air choke but a carotid choke created entirely by the attacker’s arms.
(10) Based on the time this technique is applied determines the time frame a subject can be unconscious. The results of this technique being applied can and will result in the death of the victim if the technique is applied in excess. This technique cuts off the blood supply to the victim’s brain by compressing the arterial blood flows in the neck area. If applied wrong it can also cut off the victim’s airway causing asphyxiation.
(11) Another technique with direct relevance to this matter that has shown in medical studies to cause the type injury found in this matter is called “The guillotine drop” . As can be seen in this article the medical study review and documented 4 different types of martial arts. One in particular is seen to cause the same type injury as noted on the victim, and would also account for the dark discoloration on one side of the victim in the area of the left shoulder and neck. The full article is reprinted in full and attached to this report. The technique could be used by most any person of sufficient strength and is not difficult to apply.
(12) As a course of this investigation blood samples that were obtained by the coroner during the examination of the body were submitted for forensic analysis to The Carlson Company LLC, a private certified forensic testing laboratory in the United States. The results of the tests of which there were three showed no foreign, or unknown substances were present, no alcohol was present, and no drugs of any kind were found. The only substance that was found is a reading for caffeine. The victim was not intoxicated, had not taken any drugs, legal or illegal and was not incapacitated by any of these means. (Doc 32,33,34)
(1) Analysis of this matter revealed the following specific issues as they pertain to a self-inflicted death. As can been seen in the photographs taken at the scene, and again at the morgue by the Belize Police, there are bruises, cuts, lacerations, and damage to the victims body that appear to have been inflicted prior to death. The coroners report notes a post mortem injury to the frontal forehead of the victim. It was noted by the police that the victim’s body was dropped during the movement of the body to medical facilities. It is of importance to note that there was no information in the official report that documents this incident.
(2) Upon review of the body in the Police Photographs what is most striking about the injuries to the victim’s body is the lack of any of these being discussed or even noted in the coroners report. It can clearly be seen in (CSP 01) there is a red bruise or scratch mark directly inline with the victims spine in the lower back. Again in the same photograph there is extreme bruising or “lividity” to the left side (Rear View) upper arm, shoulder area and neck area below the strap location yet this is also not noted. (Footnote C: (Def.: Livor mortis (Latin: livor—”bluish color,” mortis—”of death”), postmortem lividity (Latin: postmortem—”after death”, lividity—”black and blue”), hypostasis (Greek: hupo, meaning “under, beneath”; stasis, meaning “a standing”) or suggillation, is one of the signs of death. Livor mortis is a settling of the blood in the lower (dependent) portion of the body, causing a purplish red discoloration of the skin. When the heart stops functioning and is no longer agitating the blood, heavy red blood cells sink through the serum by action of gravity. Livor mortis starts twenty minutes to three hours after death and is congealed in the capillaries in four to five hours. Maximum lividity occurs within 6–12 hours. The blood pools into the interstitial tissues of the body. The intensity of the color depends upon the amount of reduced hemoglobin in the blood. The discoloration does not occur in the areas of the body that are in contact with the ground or another object, in which capillaries are compressed. As the vessel wall become permeable due to decomposition, blood leaks through them and stains the tissue. This is the reason for fixation of hypostasis.)
(3) Based on what is visible on the body from the rear and not explained in the coroners report, it would appear that the victim was lying down for a period of time on his left side (Rear View) based on the amount of lividity that can be seen, or the victim was attacked on the right (front) side. This would be consistent also with a right-handed individual placing the right arm around the victim’s neck and locking the hand into place using the left hand in the Technique described as “The Guillotine Drop”. It is also notable to indicate that this discoloration is of a darker shade than what is seen elsewhere on the victim. If that assumption is correct then there are many questions unanswered with the coroners report.
(4) We know that the victim could not be reached by phone after December 23, 2012 06:54:13 according to the cell phone records of his Belize Cell phone. Then there is the statement by Jerry Leach that he last saw Billy at approximately 1400 hrs on the December 22, 2012. Based on the time and date the body was discovered which according to police records was December 23, 2012 at 17:15 hrs, this leaves a time span of Approximately 27 hrs unaccounted for. Since blood pools into the lowest part of the body as noted in the coroners report, why then is there large areas of lividity showing in these areas and not noted on the report. Yet as noted, areas that come in touch with an object tend to force the blood out leaving white areas as noted on the victim’s buttocks. As the body was hanging when found, all of the blood should have been in the lower extremities as is noted on the report. If the body was laying face up why is there large areas of lividity on the left shoulder in (CSP 01) and none on the right shoulder area? It would stand to reason that if both shoulders were touching when the body is supine then neither would show this lividity, yet one is and one is not. Again there is no explanation for this in the coroners report. The issues with this it that the report has very little information on conditions of the body, if the body was hung after death then prior to that, what position was the body in. Again there is no way to determine exactly how long the body was hanging, or when it was hung based on the coroners report.
(5) Based on the condition of the body it should have been crucial to inquire as to the local temperatures at the time, as this could have assisted in determining an approximate time of death. Once again there is no information in the coroners report that shows this action taken or considered. The speed of decomposition increases in warm settings and decreases in cooler. It therefore stands to reason that given the time of year, a historically cooler time, the victim could have reasonably been deceased 4 to 6 hours or more prior to being hung if there was foul play involved, as suspected.
(6) Based on the lack on any inquiries being made of this nature it was important to this investigation to make those inquiries. Therefore the Belize National Meteorological Service (BNMS) was contacted and asked to provide any data they had for the time frames in question for the closest location to the Hilltop area of Santa Elena, Cayo District. The BNMS provided temperatures for the closest monitoring station in Cayo district, which is the Central Farm area, approximately two to three miles “line of sight” from the crime scene.
(7) On December 22, 2012 the temperature ranged from a high of (Celsius) 23.5 or (73.3) DEG to (Celsius) 17.8 or (64.04) DEG. On December 23, 2012 the temperatures ranged from a high of Celsius 23.5(73.3) DEG to a low of (Celsius) 14.6 or (58.28) DEG. This is important in establishing a time of death based on ambient temperature and the internal temperature of the body. As the police report has no information on temperature inside the room where the body was found and the fact that the initial medical doctor failed to take any internal measurements of the body, this information is therefore unable to provide an approximate time of death. What it does show is cooler temperatures were present at the time and would have an impact on the decomposition times of the body especially given the nature of the room where the victim was discovered. As noted during the inspections of this area this location was notably cooler than the outside ambient temperature.
(8) The body was found hung from a wooden beam at the entrance as what is described as a storage room. (WSP 26) (CSP 037) This room is downstairs in a 2-story cement block constructed home on the back right side in the photographs noted. (CSP 047-048) The room itself is constructed of cement blocks which extend floor to ceiling on 3 sides, with a second partially build wall of the same material extending in a step pattern up both sides of the interior side walls. The rear wall also has this type construction but only extending approximately 40″ inches from the floor. There is a row of open ventilation squares built into the second row down from the top row of blocks on the left side (House interior Side) of the room. The doorway opening is built of the same material, which extends into each side of the doorway area. The main door is of heavy 2 x 6 and double plywood construction hung from 2 x 6 wood door jambs bolted into the cement structure on both sides. A 4 x 4 wood beam runs across the entire span and is bolted into the cement structures on both sides connecting the doorframe. The distance from the floor to the top of this beam is 88 Inches. A 4-inch gap extends across this doorframe area to the floor above for utility access. This is the location where the strap was placed over the beam to accomplish the subsequent hanging of the victim and where the body was found. The room is secured by a heavy padlock system on the exterior with steel plate material extending from the doorjamb area and attached to the door itself. (WSP 23, 26)
(9) Examination of the scene shows the body was less than 12 inches from the left side doorway, which contained a large steel sharp edged hasp (CSP 011,012,034,037) for securing the door when closed as well as a full-length doorframe with angular edges, yet there is no evidence that the body ever came in contact with the frame in anyway. A conscious and aware human being that is hung will thrash about violently during the process of hanging as a way of attempting to save its self; it is involuntary, (i.e.) without control. This is especially true if the body has not dropped so as to cause a fatal injury immediately during the process. Remember that a body must drop a sufficient distance for the process of a judicial style hanging to occur. Regardless of any other issues this scene was not of sufficient height so as to cause immediate death from the hanging process. Yet there is no evidence on the body of any contact with this frame area, and there is no evidence on the frame of any bodily contact. The victim could have also stood on the blocks if conscious while being hung, yet there is no evidence this was attempted. There are slight marks on the victims ankles also not mentioned in the coroners report. The marks show evidence of having been in contact with something but not of sufficient occurrence to determine what might have been the cause. There is no blood present and no evidence of cuts or scraps.
(10) Another area of significance is the location of the shoes worn by the victim. As can be seen in the Police Photographs both shoes (commonly known as Flip-Flops) are present on or near the victim’s feet. One would question how a person fighting for there life while hanging against their will would not flail around kicking and jerking and thereby dislodging these shoes. Yet as seen in (CSP 011,014,022,030,031, 032, 040,041,042) one shoe is still hanging off the victim’s foot while the other shoe is directly beneath the other foot. This yet another indication that the victim was either incapacitated, or already deceased when hung.
(1) The subject of suicide is without parallel one of the most difficult issues to deal with in a death. Individuals who commit suicide leave on average a suicide note 25 to 30% of the time. This can increase or decrease based on ethnic, economic and social issues or within various groups. The fact that there was no suicide note in this matter is significant due to recent reported statements made by the victim to a witness identified only as “CI”
(2) During the investigation of this matter, it became apparent that the victim was associated with an interesting group of individuals within the local community, not unusual for an individual person here alone. Most of the acquaintances were of the type one would expect within an ex-pat community in a country such as Belize. This country seems to attract certain types of individuals, one in particular who is hiding or running, though not necessarily of a criminal nature. This type usually ends up frequenting the bars and hangouts common to the ex-pat community and forming small social groups, within the local populace usually also on the fringe of there community. It is a common sight and one that usually at some point has contact with local authorities in one manner or the next. The only known contact for the victim with local authorities however was on the day he was found deceased. It should be noted that the victim and his wife were retiring in Belize, and had built his own home as a number of Canadian citizens do, as they find this to be a suitable location to retire too.
(3) The victim did have some interesting friends and acquaintances however and it is suspected that one or more were involved with the death of this victim. Mr. Leach is a well-known individual here and is the stated best friend of the victim. Mr. Leach frequented the same bars and other establishments as the victim and became friends with the victim approximately 8 years ago according to his statement. There was a mutual interest in that the victim and Mr. Leach were both motorcycle enthusiasts and would ride together on trips in the country and occasionally to surrounding countries.
(4) The victim and another friend identified as Mr. Amir Awe, known locally as (Mitch) a local taxi driver, first met at a bar in the town of Melchor according to Mr. Leach. The bar “Puerto Negros” has been described as a well-known whorehouse and location to obtain cocaine and other illegal narcotics. The victim was a frequent customer and according to Mr. Leach the victim and Mitch would frequent the bar at least monthly to partake of the local girls. The bar is owned and run by a woman who is now considered to be the leading suspect in the death of the victim.
(5) This person identified as “Maria Luisa Chinchilla De Barillas” (OP 6) owns and operates this establishment, and is reported to be a major distributor of Cocaine associated with The “Los Zetas” Mexican cartel. Mrs. Barillas frequents Belize on a regular basis and is known to transport cocaine on a regular basis into the country. Mrs. Barillas only uses certain “taxi drivers” once in Belize and it is known that “Mitch” is often her first choice. It is reported that Mitch has known Maria for a considerable time and had warned the victim to stay away from her, calling her an “old whore”. The victim apparently did not take this advice and the two quickly became involved in a relationship. Mrs. Barillas became the housekeeper for the victim and was employed in that capacity for approximately 3 to 4 years. A (CI) advised that Mrs. Barillas has a known propensity to hookup with older retried “Gringo’s” milk them of all the money she can, before they throw her out.
(6) During the time the victim and Barillas engaged in a relationship it was reported that Barilla’s husband was a frequent visitor to the residence when the victim was out of the country. Also during the absence of the victim from Belize a brother of Mrs. Barillas would come to Belize to stay in the house for security purposes until he suffered some type of back injury, at which time the husband of Mrs. Barillas took over that job. Mrs. Barillas is reported to have told the victim that she was divorced and that her ex-husband was only a friend. According to local information they are still married. Mr. Leach also noted that the ex-husband of Barillas was what he described as a nice guy, spoke English, and was still living with his wife in Melchor. Information obtained from another local (CI) about this individual was that he is a known drug dealer, violent, and into many illegal activities in Guatemala.
(7) During the period of this relationship Mrs. Barillas was according to “Mitch” the provider of cocaine to the victim on a weekly to biweekly basis. Mitch was the transport for these deliveries and was aware that she was bringing this cocaine into the country according to his statement to this investigator. Mitch stated that Mrs. Barillas would hide the cocaine “internally” wrapped in plastic wrap and walk through the customs area with no problems. According to “Mitch” she would also cross the “Mopan River” to enter Belize on numerous occasions.
Mopan River flows from Eastern Guatemala back into Belize at Melchor/Benque Viejo on the western border.
(8) Mr. Leach noted that it is his belief that Mrs. Barillas, and her husband are responsible for the death of the victim. Based on the investigation there is no doubt that it took at least two additional individuals to accomplish the hanging of the victim. Mrs. Barillas had the most to gain from the death of the victim and had ample reasons based on statements overheard by others. Mr. Leach noted that during a conversation with Billy, he told him that Mrs. Barillas intended to get in the face of Billy’s wife when she came down and was going to threaten her. Mr. Leach stated that he last saw Billy at approximately 1400 hrs on the 22nd of December at a local bar/restaurant in downtown San Ignacio. Mr. Leach stated that he watched Billy walk over the the Taxi belonging to Mitch, take two boxes out of the back then walked to his own vehicle which was parked behind the Pitpan bar. The last Mr. Leach saw of Billy he was wearing a tan tee shirt, blue cutoff jeans, with his #03 Belt buckle and no shoes.
(9) During the investigation into this matter the opportunity became available to speak to one individual with direct knowledge of the persons involved in this matter. The individual was very concerned about personal safety and therefore will be referred to only as (CI). (Note) This is first hand information and not considered “Hearsay”.
(CI) related that in mid Dec 2012 a conversation took place where Billy and Maria got into an argument over money which stemmed from Maria demanding that Billy buy some land in Benque, and build her daughter a home. (CI) stated that Billy told her “NO” he would not buy or build her anything, and noted that she must be nuts. (CI) related that Billy told her that Maria was always demanding money from him usually in amounts of 5 to 6 hundred dollars. (CI) stated that a conversation took place at Flava’s restaurant in downtown San Ignacio between a local Taxi driver and a patron where it was said that Billy was going to be killed by Maria and that it was only a matter of time, because she wanted his house and all his belongings. (CI) stated that Maria’s husband was staying at Billy’s when he was out of the country and that Maria had told Billy that they were divorced when in fact they still live together and are not divorced. (CI) stated that Maria called on 2 different occasions after Billy was found dead, the first time stating that she took all of Billy’s rings and jewelry because she wanted to make sure that Billy’s wife did not get it and that Billy gave it to her. The second call was to ask (CI) to find a buyer for the items; (CI) stated she never called Maria back but that Maria stated that Billy’s wife would buy them back. (CI) stated that Billy became involved with (CI) in a relationship while Billy was still seeing Maria. On one occasion (CI) while with Billy at the house saw some very unusual actions from Billy which (CI) considered strange because he appeared to be sweating, was extremely nervous, anxious, and drinking large amounts of water. (CI) stated that Billy kept looking out various windows in the house, running from room to room peering out of the windows as if he was afraid or scared someone was coming every time he heard a noise. (CI) stated that this was approximately mid December 2012. (CI) noted another conversation that was overheard between Billy and Maria, where Billy called Maria a “Bitch” told her to get out and go back to Melchior. (CI) related a conversation with Billy where he was asked if he would every consider suicide. (CI) stated that Billy said “No there is no woman on the planet worth dying for and said he would not do that to his wife”. (CI) stated that (CI) and Billy would get together only for short amounts of time and that Billy would go get her at Jerry Leach’s house whenever he wanted to party with her. (CI) Stated that Jerry Leach was apparently the facilitator for Billy to make the arrangements so they could get together without Maria finding out. (CI) often acted as an interpreter for Billy as Maria did not speak any English. (CI) stated that Maria was here in Belize on 2 different times within the last month, Last time was Tuesday Apr 16th 2013 where she was standing alongside the road in Benque with her daughter. (CI) noted that she looked extremely unkempt and dirty. The first time was several weeks ago in downtown San Ignacio. (CI) Noted that Maria is banned from BZ. (CI) also noted that she is using the river to enter BZ.
(10) It is of importance to note that the victim was involved with the (CI) on a regular basis and was hiding that relationship from his lover (Barillas). Given the nature of the relationship at the time and statements identifying a breakup of this relationship it is entirely plausible that the victim was killed because of this additional relationship. It can also be said that the victim was in a position to have information concerning the drug operations of Barillas that might have posed a threat to her or her operations that if disclosed by a former lover would cause her serious issues in Guatemala. It should be noted that when Barillas left the residence with the suitcases she also took the victims Canadian cell ph. Records from that cell phone show calls to both Honduras and Mexico were placed while she was in possession of the phone and until the number was shutdown. (Doc 19)
(11) During the interview with Amir (Mitch) Awe, Awe admitted that he was aware that Barillas was bringing Cocaine into Belize for Billy every time she came across the border. Awe stated that he took Barillas to the house on Saturday to cook, they entered the house using Mitch’s key but Mitch noted that Barillas had her own set of keys. Mitch stated that prior to the 23rd of December that Barillas was at the house on the previous Tuesday 18 December 2012. Mitch noted that the only thing Barillas was after was Billy’s money and that he tried to get Billy to stay away from her. Mitch noted that when they found Billy hanging that he had the strap from his motorcycle around his neck. Mitch stated that Billy was spending a lot of money and that Billy’s wife (Renee) was aware of this situation. Mitch related a conversation between himself and Barillas where she told him on the day they found Billy dead that she was going to get the house. Mitch stated that he and Billy talked about Barillas on several occasions, where Billy told him that he wanted to get rid of Barillas, but did not know how. Mitch stated that anytime Barillas came to Billy’s house it was by Taxi, usually by him, but there were times when he did not bring her to the house.
(12) As a course of this investigation blood samples that were obtained by the coroner during the examination of the body were submitted for forensic analysis to The Carlson Company LLC, a private certified forensic testing laboratory in the United States. The results of the tests of which there were three showed no foreign, or unknown substances were present, no alcohol was present, and no drugs of any kind were found. The only substance that was found is a reading for caffeine. The victim was not intoxicated, had not taken any drugs, legal or illegal and was not incapacitated by these means.
(1) Given all of the circumstances that surround this matter, the crime scene photographs, the reconstructions of the scene based on witness testimony, the police report, and statements of all concerned, as well as the medical examiners own report, which clearly states, (The particulars that I have been able to ascertain by inquiry and external examination of the body being insufficient to enable to determine for legal purposes the cause of death) Doc 15) there is overwhelming evidence that William L. (Billy) Webster did not and could not have committed suicide.
4. Interviews, Documents, Photographs, Videos
a. Interviews conducted. (All interviews conducted in person unless otherwise noted.)
- Mrs. Renee Webster. (Information contained in report)
- Mr. Jerry Leach (Information contained in report
- Mr. Amir (Mitch) Awe (Information contained in report)
- Mrs. Lupita Jackson
- San Ignacio Police, Case File/ Investigation Diary report, dated 12/23/2012
- Statement of PC Filiberto Pot
- Statement of Inspector Remundo Reyes
- Statement of Jerry Leach
- Statement of Maria Chinchilla
- Statement of PC Jorge Ascurio
- Statement of Renée Webster
- Statement of Susan McMillan
- Statement of Patricia Barrett
- Statement of Amire Awe
- Statement of PC Rudolph Rodrigues
- Statement of PC José Sierra
- Statement of OIC Ralph Moody
- Statement of Karen Pook (Canadian Consult)
- Postmortem Examination Report, Dated 24 January 2013
- Statement of PC Lenard Puc
- National Forensics Science Service Blood Alcohol Report, Dated 14 January 2013
- Blood Sample Request Release Letter
- Canadian cell phone records of William Webster
- Cell phone records of Jerry Leach, (Belize Ph)
- Toxicology & Autopsy Report on William Webster (BZ) (Hand Written)
- Medical Certificate Cause of Death
- Website: //bjsm.bmj.com/ (Important Read)
- Website //morphopedics.wikidot.com/broken-neck
- Website: //www.learningradiology.com/archives06/COW%20214Atlantoaxial%20subluxation/atlantoaxialcorrect.htm
- Website: //www.wheelessonline.com/ortho/atlantooccipital_disassociation
- Website: //www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S096758680500216X
- Website: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dens_%28anatomy%29
- Website: //www.nlm.nih.gov/cgi/mesh/2011/MB_cgi?mode=&index=9397&view=expanded
- Website: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_%28anatomy%29
- Website //www.backpain-guide.com/Chapter_Fig_folders/Ch05_Anatomy_Folder/3C1C2.html
- Website //judoinfo.com/chokes6.htm (Important Read)
- Blood testing results. (The Carlson Company LLC)
- Drug testing results. (The Carlson Company LLC)
- Unknown substances testing results. (The Carlson Company LLC)
- Risk of cervical injuries in mixed martial arts (BJSM)
- Broken Neck (Hangman’s Fracture)
- Cervical Spine Trauma, Perils & Pitfalls
- Rightslink printable license
- Police crime scene photographs (49)
- 1st Reconstruction Scene Photographs (10)
- Initial Webster Scene Examination (26)
- Reconstruction (2) Video (1)
- Obtained Photographs (8)
- Hercules Corporation Brochure (Pg 51) Strap Sizing and Descriptions.
- Report Addendum (Statement of Teul) Included.
- William Webster, Belize Cell Phone Records
- Insurance Cover Letter
- CSP – Crime Scene Photographs
- RSP – Reconstruction Scene Photographs
- WSP – Webster Scene Photographs
- OP – Obtained Photographs
- CI – Confidential Informant
Mr. Skip Billings
CCF&I, Las Vegas, NV 89107
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