Related International bans hurting Hawala operators Businesses show increased confidence in banking sector Talk Africa: Closing Daadab Refugee Camp Remittance services to Somalia makes up a significant chunk of Somalia’s annual income, as millions living overseas send money home to their families. That vital lifeline has come under fire, of late. First, banking institutions in the US and the UK stopped servicing hawala accounts, and now even governments like Kenya’s, are taking a sledgehammer to remittances services. CCTV’s Mohamed Hirmoge reports
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” It took the State of Kansas five days of testimony to wrap up its case against Sylvester Provencio, charged with aggravated battery, a level 5 felony.It took the defense less than five minutes.After Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer closed his case Monday afternoon, Provencioâ€™s defense attorney Jess Hoeme called on Sumner County Detective Keith Bristor to the stand. He asked if there was any blood samples taken at the scene of the alleged crime.Bristor said there was not.Bristor said he took over for Jeff Hawkins as the Sumner County Sheriff Detective in 2015. The April 22, 2015 brawl in southern Sumner County was one of the last cases that Hawkins investigated. Bristor said he knew of no blood evidence that was submitted or documented to a state forensic crime lab.Provencio then declined to testify in his behalf.Â Hoeme then rested his case.Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin then excused the jury for the day, and told them to reconvene on 9 a.m. Tuesday where both County Attorney Kerwin Spencer and Hoeme will present their closing arguments. The 12-person jury is then expected to start deliberation thereafter.Shortly after the state rested this afternoon, Hoeme asked the judge to dismiss the aggravated battery charge because there was not enough sufficient evidence that Provencio used force against Greg Schneider, 53, of Caldwell, who sustained significant injuries during the melee.Hoeme said the melee involving four Caldwell men, five miles east of Caldwell, which started over a truck being stuck. There was essentially two fights going at the same time, Hoeme said – one between Provencio and Brian Nispel while Reedy and Schneider were fighting elsewhere. He said since there is no evidence that Provencio hurt Schneider, then there is no reason that he should be charged with aggravated battery.McQuin said, he too has doubts that there is enough evidence to convict Provencio of aggravated battery. But he told Hoeme he was not prepared to rule on the matter and would like to see what the jury thinks.McQuin also said the only solid evidence linking Provencio to Schneider was Wednesday’s testimony of Nispel.Nispel said on the stand that he was fighting with Provencio in the opposite ditch, when he was able to escape, get in his truck and make a U-turn. It was only then that he said he saw Provencio along with Reedy kicking anÂ unconscious Schneider.Hoeme said that there is no shred of evidence that links Provencio to any of the injuries that Schneider incurred.Both men testified last week the brawl was initiated by a verbal confrontation between Provencio and Schneider, before Nispel arrived. However, when Nispel did arrive, Provencio diverted his attention to Nispel. The melee ensued when Provencio and Nispel started fighting in the opposite ditch while Reedy and Schneider were scrapping in front of Schneiderâ€™s pink Cadillac.Nispel said once he got away from Provencio, according to his testimony, he told Schneider â€œletâ€™s get out of hereâ€ before getting into his pickup and driving in a southward direction. That was when he called Sumner County 911.Between that brief exchange with Schneider to when Nispel made a U-turn several feet south, Schneider had been knocked to the ground with what appeared to be a blow to the head.Nispel said he didnâ€™t see the blow, but when he started driving forward, the two younger men were kicking at an unconscious Schneider on the ground. He then used his pickup to attempt knock Provencio and Reedy into the ditch.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer had introduced a metal pipe piece into evidence that was found in Schneiderâ€™s pink Cadillac after it was recovered in Caldwell. Provencio and Reedy took Schneider’s car and drove it back into town. However, the judge ruled the metal piece was irrelevant in that there was not enough substantial DNA evidence that the metal piece had anything to do with the brawl.Reedy has pled guilty to aggravated battery last week and is awaiting sentencing in July.Hoeme said it was likely that Reedy made the blow to Schneider and that the only contact Provencio made with Schneider was a swing that never made contact during the initial conversation.â€œThe aggravated battery charge is mitigated by emotion,â€ Hoeme said. â€œBut there is no solid evidence that is supported by law and facts. You take out the emotion and you do not have a case.”Follow us on Twitter.