DOJ looks at lies, alibis and security video in murder of QC prosecutor

DOJ looks at lies, alibis and security video in murder of QC prosecutor

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) formally terminated on Monday its hearings on the murder case of Quezon City prosecutor Rogelio Velasco.

Senior State Prosecutor Peter Ong along with investigators from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and defense counsels viewed footage from the security camera overlooking the parking area at the Quezon Memorial Circle and the Quezon City Hall.

Investigators theorized that the accused, who are among at least 10 individuals including three police officers implicated in the killing, used the parking space as a staging area for the attack where they changed to darker colored clothes and practiced opening the back door of a Toyota Innova similar to the victim’s car.

Abogados representing the policemen, namely Patrolman Jose Mercado, Senior Master Sgt. Rodante Lalimarmo and Staff Sgt. Arthur Lucy were asked to file their manifestations in connection with the security footage.

Velasco, 64, was shot while inside his car, a red Toyota Innova, in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City, last May 11. His two children, who were with him, survived the ambush and rushed him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Mercado said he was on duty in Candelaria, Quezon, at the time of the incident.

Lalimarmo, for his part, claimed he was in the car buy-and-sell business and was in Quezon City Circle to meet with a prospective buyer.

Lucy said he was serving a warrant of arrest on a frustrated homicide suspect in Payatas from the morning to afternoon of May 11 and was at home around the time of the attack. (PNA)

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