Guyana-born man convicted for murder of adoptive mother

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Guyana-born man convicted for murder of adoptive mother

(SUN SENTINEL). September 18 2013 – Demerara Waves –

A Broward jury on Tuesday convicted a Pembroke Pines man of the murder of his adoptive mother, rejecting a defense claim that he had consensual sex with the victim and then passed out while someone else killed her.
Gerard Lopes Belmonte, 23, was found guilty of second-degree murder after jurors deliberated for five hours Tuesday. He faces a maximum of life in prison when he’s sentenced Oct. 10.

gerardbelmonteGerard Lopes Belmonte is seen with his attorney Jose Reyes during pre-trial motions, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at the Broward County Courthouse in Ft. Lauderdale. Gerard Lopes Belmonte, 23, is charged with murdering his first cousin Natalie Belmonte, 43, who adopted him in 2000 when he was 10 years old. (Joe Cavaretta, Sun Sentinel)The verdict ended a one-week trial that devastated the victim’s family. Lopes was Natalie Belmonte’s first cousin, and she adopted him in 2000 after his father, her uncle, died in their native Guyana. A real estate agent in Weston, Belmonte, 43, had two biological children, a daughter and son who looked at Lopes as a big brother. 

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