The Sala III high criminal court has thrown out the conviction of a Nosara man accused in a murder there. The court ordered a new trial. The suspect, identified by the last names of Sirias Sequerira, had been detained shortly after the April 18, 2009, murder of a man identified as Michael Eduardo Rojas Murillo, 23, of Matapalo de Abangares.
The murder happened near the Nosara airport because residents said they heard a shot. But the body was dumped about 10 kms (6 miles) away.
The two men are believed to have known each other and had been on friendly terms.
The suspect was jailed for preventative detention shortly after the crime, and the Sala III ordered that his detention continue until the new trial is held.
The victim was believed shot in the head while sitting in a car, and the driver led police on a chase until he dumped the body, they said at the time. The trial court gave Sirias 18 years, but that sentence was overturned on a motion from the defense lawyer.