San Carlos, Costa Rica – The private guard and groundskeeper Jorge Guevara testified yesterday before the Penal Court in San Carlos that he never had the intention of killing an American teen, whom he surprised running in a field next to a hotel that he keeps in the San Carlos district, La Fortuna.
The minor, 16 years of age, received a gunshot wound in his heart, with lacerations to his right lung, in the early morning on June 2nd, 2011, according to reports from the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) and the District Attorney.
Guevara is the only accused in the homicide trial of the minor.
The District Attorney is also charging him with carrying a 22 caliber pistol without having the proper permit – the gun which he used to shoot the student.
The boy had arrived in La Fortuna on May 31st of last year, along with 14 other students from Kansas City, Missouri as part of a school trip.
Two Different Versions
Alexandra Mahoney, prosecutor for the Public Ministry, says that the teen was calmly walking though the surroundings of the hotel, towards his room along with his friend, Johon Peyton, when “ Guevara, with the intention of taking his life, gave him a shot that lacerated his heart and right lung.”
“ I asked them to stop but they did not. So I shot in the air, and, following in the dark, I saw 2 (figures) coming towards me. Therefore, I fired a second shot, but not with the intention of taking someone’s life – thief or not a thief ,“ exclaimed the accused.
Guevara, 35 years old, stated, “my job was to be attentive to the safety of the clients.” The guard has been in prison for the past 15 months.
Published August 28th, 2012