Mexican authorities are recommending a charge against a Victoria man in the death of his friend in Mexico. Brian J. Slater was arrested Sunday after Roger Corbett, 49, also from Victoria, was found dead in a home in the beachside town of Chicxulub Puerto, near the city of Merida.
The Attorney General’s office in Yucatan State issued a news release in Spanish stating Slater (identified as B.J.S.) is accused in the death.
He is scheduled to appear in court Monday in the city of Progreso, where evidence will be presented and a judge will decide whether to proceed with charges and a trial.
Slater is being held in custody pending the hearing Monday.
Friends were on vacation
According to family members Slater, Corbett and another friend were vacationing at a home in Chicxulub Puerto, that was owned by Slater’s recently deceased father.
Slater is accused in the statement from the attorney general of stabbing Corbett with a weapon in the kitchen of the home, wounding him in the thorax and abdomen.
The statement says Corbett died of blood loss from lacerations to his liver.
Corbett, a father of four children, operated a painting company in the Victoria area.
Back in Victoria, Corbett’s cousin Catherine Royle said family members are devastated and frustrated by tabloid-style rumours about the case, repeated by media in Mexico and Canada.
‘We just want the innuendo to stop’
“It’s really difficult, because you’re not getting the information,” Catherine Royle said. “Things are being said that you know aren’t real and there’s no evidence.”
“We just want the innuendo to stop,” she said. “He was a great businessman. He loved his kids. They were everything. He was a family guy.”