• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rican preliminary court misplaces key evidence in Jairo Mora murder trial

December 4, 2014

Update, 4:40 p.m. Dec. 4, 2014: After an evaluation, the court medical examiner determined that all seven of the defendants were fit for trial.

Update, 1 p.m. Dec. 4, 2014: The missing evidence has been located, according to a letter pre-trial Judge Reynaldo Araya Ucañán sent on Thursday to the criminal court hearing the Jairo Mora case. According to Araya, the court had backed up the evidence, which includes recorded telephone conversations of the defendants allegedly discussing the crime, on a computer hard drive. The judge promised to copy the files to discs and present them to the court. The mixup delayed the criminal trial for at least a half-day.

Meanwhile, defense attorney Jadiel Quesada told The Tico Times on Thursday that all seven defendants are sick and need to go to the hospital, which would delay the trial again. As of this writing, a court medical examiner is reviewing the illness request. We’ll keep you posted.

Original story begins here:

A master disc containing alleged recordings of telephone conversations between defendants and other key evidence in the murder case of Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora has gone missing, several sources close to the case confirmed to The Tico Times on Wednesday.

Trial judges on Wednesday ordered a separate, preliminary court – which is responsible for misplacing the evidence – to locate and deliver it by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday or face a judicial investigation.

“There is no suspicion of robbery or foul play,” defense attorney Jadiel Quesada told The Tico Times. “It’s just disorder. There is disorder and contradictions.”

Jairo Mora, 26, was killed last year while patrolling  Moín Beach in the central Caribbean for nesting sea turtles. Seven suspected poachers currently are on trial in Limón on charges that include kidnapping and homicide, among others. Prosecutors allege that the defendants killed Mora out of revenge for having protected turtle eggs.

The disc allegedly contains recorded phone conversations between the murder suspects in which they discuss the crime. Quesada confirmed that the evidence has not yet been heard by the criminal court’s three judges. The recordings are among the final evidence yet to be presented before judges reach a verdict in the high-profile case that has drawn international attention. With the case winding to a close, a verdict is expected as early as Monday.

This story is developing. Follow ticotimes.net for updates.

Read all of our coverage on the Jairo Mora case here. 

You may be interested

Who was Juan Santamaría? Five (debated) things you should know
Juan Santamaría Day
5033 views
Juan Santamaría Day
5033 views

Who was Juan Santamaría? Five (debated) things you should know

JILL REPLOGLE - April 12, 2021

A version of this story first ran in 2015. Costa Rica feted its first and most-loved national hero, Juan Santamaría, on…

Saprissa equals longest winless streak in 35 years
Soccer
1523 views
Soccer
1523 views

Saprissa equals longest winless streak in 35 years

The Tico Times - April 12, 2021

Deportivo Saprissa drew 1-1 with Pérez Zeledón and reached eight consecutive games without a win in the Clausura 2021 soccer…

Costa Rica relocation/retirement guide book releases its 19th edition
News
8 views
News
8 views

Costa Rica relocation/retirement guide book releases its 19th edition

Tico Times - April 11, 2021

Long time Costa Rica citizen and Tico Times columnist, Christopher Howard, releases the 19th edition of his popular relocation/retirement guide Over…