March 13, 2000
Case: José Wellington Fernandes
Host of the radio program "Cheiro de Mato" in Canindé de São Francisco, Sergipe.
He was murdered around 3:30 a.m. as he was returning home from a party.
On March 12, 2003 José Ferreira de Melo (Zé de Adolfo) was sentenced to 19 years in prison.
In March 2003
R.L.S. (Nininho), a minor (aged 17), was sentenced to prison until reaching majority.
On February 14, 2007 Genivaldo Galindo da Silva was sentenced as mastermind to 19 years and 10 months in prison.
Sentences reversed and acquittals: (+)
José Ferreira de Melo
Released / Sentence commuted: (+)
R.L.S. (Nininho), aged 17, remained in prison for three years, until he was 21.
Genivaldo Galindo da Silva is appealing sentence while free.
Jailed awaiting trial: (+)
In November 2007 gunman Antônio Madeiros (Alemão), in jail for other offenses, declared that he had participated in Wellington’s murder and in that of a congressman. The authorities said they would hear his statement.
Suspects not charged: (+)