‘Gamba’ extradited to Curaçao from the U.S.
WILLEMSTAD – Yesterday, the man nicknamed ‘Gamb’ arrived at the Hato Airport in Curaçao. A federal magistrate in New Orleans cleared the way last year November for Gamba, wanted in a murder-for-hire scheme, to be extradited to Curaçao.
Magistrate Joseph Wilkinson, in a nine-page order, found there was sufficient evidence for the State Department to return Keith Alden Kemba Godwin to the island.
Godwin, who has been in federal custody since his arrest on June 2014, is accused of playing a part in the killing of Raikel Conception, a 34-year-old man gunned down in January 2013 on a speedboat in Caracas Bay.
Godwin, 27, who was born in St. Kitts, was implicated in the slaying by Elvis Kuwas, known as “Monster” who was sentenced in the killing of the former political leader and Member of Parliament, Helmin M. Wiels.
Kuwas supposedly told investigators Godwin shot Conception, though other witnesses’ accounts suggest Godwin acted as a “chauffeur” in the hit.
Wilkinson, in his ruling, acknowledged the “prosecution’s evidence sometimes conflicts, in that the statements of its witnesses against Godwin characterize him sometimes merely as the driver of a vehicle used to facilitate the killing and other times as the shooter himself.” The judge added, however, that the reliability of witnesses “certainly may be questioned on self-interest and credibility grounds” at a trial.