US chiropractor slain in his Belize resort

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Posted: Nov 12, 2011 3:15 PM
US chiropractor slain in his Belize resort

Police in Belize have detained several people for questioning in the brutal slaying of a retired New Mexico chiropractor.

Polie spokesman Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood says 68-year-old Larry Johnson was killed during a home invasion at the Iguana Creek Resort he owned, 60 miles west of Belize City.

One of Johnson's workers recalled seeing six masked men beating the retired chiropractor Wednesday night. The worker Julio Funez was lashed by a machete in the attack and told reporters the men tied both of them up in Johnson's van and doused the vehicle with gasoline.

Johnson moved to Belize with his wife in 1993 after a dispute over taxes and bought the rainforest land where he built the resort, according to its website.