The Miami Herald reports on the dramatic murder trial which is coming to a conclusion perhaps as soon as Monday. On trial is Guillermo Zarabozo, a 20-year-old Hialeah security guard. He faces life in prison if convicted of four counts of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery. The defense claims that he was duped by the trigger man, Kirby Archer, who used Zarabozo's gun to kill the four victims.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert scoffed at Zarabozo's claims that he didn't know the violence was about to take place when the men boarded the vessel out of Miami last September. Zarabozo blamed 36-year-old Kirby Archer for the crimes, contending he was in the boat's bathroom when the four victims were shot.
Zarabozo attorney Michael Caruso said Archer, who had been an Army military policeman, posed as a high-level security official and claimed links to the CIA. He was introduced to Zarabozo, who dreamed of joining the police or military, and told him about an exciting job in the Bahamas.
Giving young Zarabozo the benefit of the doubt, my question is what did he carry the gun on board for anyway? And, once having carried it on board for a trip to Bimini in the Bahamas, should he be held responsible for having failed to exercise proper custody of the weapon? How grave is that? Let's say someone takes possession of a legally owned weapon and uses it to commit murder, is the gun owner culpable?
It seems the jury is leaning towards believing Zarabozo's story. The presented they judge with a written question, which is their right during deliberations.
If the defendant brought a gun on board the Joe Cool without knowing a crime would be committed, did that automatically make him a participant and also guilty?