Despite the violence of the murder, with the victim suffering a gunshot to the head, the death was recorded as natural.
The Third Criminal Chamber of the Court of Justice (TJMT) revoked a decision that granted freedom to Lucas Alves de Almeida, one of the suspects of participation in the execution of watchman Adiley Gomes de Campos, who died at the age of 54 in 2017 in Cáceres (222 km from Cuiabá). Despite the violence of the murder, with the victim suffering a gunshot to the head, the death was recorded as “natural”.
The judges of the Third Chamber unanimously followed the vote of judge Rondon Bassil Dower Filho, rapporteur of an appeal by the State Public Ministry (MPMT) against a decision that had granted freedom to Lucas Alves de Almeida. The ruling (decision that ordered the suspect to be re-arrested) was published last Friday (27).
Judge Rondon Bassil Dower Filho disagreed with granting the suspect freedom, saying that the crime was premeditated, and that the victim was resting in his bed at night at the time of the execution. The alleged mastermind of the murder, identified as Marcos Jerônimo Lino, would have promised the executors – in addition to Lucas, Wesley Almeida da Silva and Maurício Moura Alves de Almeida – a firearm for “the job”.
“[Foram] to the residence of the victim (middle-aged woman), when she was unprepared (lying in her bed during her night’s rest) and they ended her life by shooting her with a firearm. There is also evidence in the records that the motivation for carrying out the crime was the promise of a reward with the delivery of a firearm, which demonstrates a certain coldness and indifference, with the suppression of a human life, in the practice of the supposed crime”, analyzed the judge.
According to information from the case, Adiley Gomes de Campos was a security guard at a school in Cáceres when she was murdered while resting in her bed. Even though he was shot in the head, the victim’s death was recorded as “natural”. The investigations only advanced after Adiley’s body was exhumed.
A previous decision, handed down in 2020 at the first instance of the Judiciary, asked whether the case did not deserve “greater attention” from the authorities because the woman who was shot in the head was buried as if she had suffered a natural death.
“Or does the issue deserve greater attention from the competent authorities in order to specifically investigate how the death of a woman with a gunshot to the head could have the cause of death recorded as ‘…sudden death of unknown cause…’, as the exhumation report of the corpse attests that the death was due to head trauma, by blunt-force action, with the victim having been hit at least by a gunshot to the head’”, asks the decision.
The records also reveal that the only witness to the execution (not identified) was being threatened by the suspects.