Canadian businessman John DeShaies held in Belize deaths

Belize police say they are holding Canadian John DeShaies, 54, for questioning in the deaths of Francesca Matus and her boyfriend Drew DeVoursney last week. DeShaies was a tenant of Matus, living in the basement of the Matus seaside home in Corozal, Belize. There is a second suspect who has not been named. DeShaies is described as the “best friend” of Francesca Matus. The information raises challenges of motive and capacity. A family friend who spoke to the Toronto Sun defended Deshaies, saying: “It’s a terrible misunderstanding. Francesca was his best friend. He’s a really good guy.” DeShaies is a construction company owner in Canada but is also said to have been in Belsize for about three years..

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