William Dathan Holbert – “Wild Bill” – And Laura Michelle Reese Called To Trial For Serial Murders in Panama
Wednesday, January 11 2012 @ 03:27 PM COT
Contributed by: Don Winner
The Superior Prosecutor for Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro asked the Superior Tribunal for this region to call William Dathan Holbert, 33, and his wife Laura Michelle Reese, 29, to trial for four homicides. The request is for the cases of Bo Icelar as well as Michael Brown, his wife, and their son. (Critica)
Editor’s Comment: It just so happens I was discussing the “Wild Bill” case with someone yesterday, and they asked me when we could expect a trial. In Panama the prosecutors automatically have six months to investigate and murder case, and then they are automatically granted another six months. In this case Holbert and Reese were arrested in Nicaragua on 26 July 2010, and that’s the date the clock starts ticking. So the prosecutor conducted his investigation normally until July 2011, when he was forced by the calendar to send the cases to the Superior Tribunal. There, a review of the case and investigation was conducted and the justices sent the case back to the prosecutors with orders to conduct the “reconstruction” of the crimes (which had not yet been done) and to do some other things. In November 2011 prosecutors took Holbert to Bocas del Toro to conduct the required “reconstruction” of the events, which was documented. And now the additional six months that had been awarded to the prosecutors has expired, and once again the cases are being forwarded to the Superior Tribunal. In Panamanian Spanish when the prosecutor sends the case to the court they request the court to call the accused to trial. Meaning, they think they have the right person as the suspect, and they want to present their evidence in order to obtain a conviction and a sentence. In some cases, if they think the wrong person was accused, they would forward the case to the court and ask for the charges to be dismissed and the case to be closed. That is most definitely NOT the case with Holbert and Reese. Interestingly enough, this story only deals with the murders of Bo Icelar and the Brown family. The prosecutors still have the Cher Hughes case. I wonder why? … No matter – eventually Cher’s case will also be sent to the court in a similar fashion. I think her case is being handled by a different prosecutor in David, so probably that’s the reason. Anyway, two trials and two convictions is better. Then add on top of that the Jeff Kline case which Costa Rica is still investigating. Anyway, movement…
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