Brazil: Trial for radio host Valério Luiz’s murder postponed for third time due to the defense walking out

"The defense of former vice president of the Atlético Goianiense soccer club Maurício Sampaio walked out this Monday (May 2) from the plenary session of the Court of Justice of Goiás (TJ-GO). This caused the third suspension of the jury session that will prove the guilt or innocence of those suspected of having killed journalist and sports radio host Valério Luiz de Oliveira almost ten years ago, on July 2, 2012. The trial has been rescheduled for June 13, 2022. Sampaio has been pointed out by the Public Prosecutor's investigation as the crime's mastermind.

The complaint indicates that the murder was motivated by the journalist's constant criticism of the directors of Atlético-GO, a team that fell to last place in the 2012 Brazilian Championship. At the same time, some of its directors appeared on a list of people being investigated by the Federal Police, as part of an operation in which bookmaker Carlinhos Cachoeira was arrested. Valério Luiz was a local radio host with programs on the Rádio 820 AM and PUC TV Goiás stations."

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