McClatchie Andrews murder case presented to 3-judge panel

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Barbara McClatchie Andrews was a beloved artist in Mérida. Photo: Facebook

Kanasín, Yucatán — Oral arguments began Monday against a driver accused of killing a well-known Canadian expat more than a year ago.

Barbara McClatchie Andrews was 74 when her body was found on the side of the Mérida-Valladolid highway on Sept. 30, 2016.

Juan Carlos López Martínez, who was living in Kinchil with his wife and two children, was charged with murdering the well-known artist.

The case is before judges Maria del Socorro Tamayo Aranda, Veronica Jesus Burgos Pérez and Sergio Javier Marfil Gomez, who will hear more than 20 people, including experts and witnesses, during the seven-day hearing.

Prosecutors have forensic and video evidence to present in the hearing. In addition, a search at the defendant’s home turned up McClatchie’s professional camera, laptop and business cards.

McClatchie Andrews was a National Geographic photographer and abstract painter who operated a nonprofit gallery in her home on Calle 60, five blocks south of the Plaza Grande. The house was recently sold to private owners.

McClatchie Andrews had lived in Mérida for around 10 years. Learn more about her here.

With information from Sipse

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