Canadian 15-year-old seeks bail in Florida murder case

Reuters News
Posted: May 27, 2015 11:41 AM

By Zachary Fagenson

MIAMI (Reuters) - The 15-year-old son of the Canadian consul general in Miami who faces murder charges from a botched drug deal will seek to be released on bond at a hearing Wednesday in Miami.

Marc Wabafiyebazu has pleaded not guilty and is being held in jail awaiting trial as an adult. An afternoon bond hearing was scheduled in Florida state court.

The teenager was arrested on March 30 after he and his brother went to a Miami-area home to buy an estimated $5,000 worth of marijuana, according to police reports.

A shootout ensued that led to deaths of his older brother, Jean, as well as suspected drug dealer Joshua Wright. Both were 17.

A Florida grand jury in April charged the younger Wabafiyebazu with murder and armed robbery charges. Under Florida law, anyone who participates in a violent felony in which someone dies can face a murder charge, according to local media.

The Wabafiyebazu brothers had recently moved to Miami with their mother, Roxanne Dubé, Canada’s consul general. She had previously served as a member of the Canadian Parliament and as the country’s ambassador to Zimbabwe.

Lawyers for the Canadian minor hope to persuade a judge that Wabafiyebazu is not a threat to the community or a flight risk and that the prosecution's case lacks evidence to prove his guilt.

Lawyer Curt Obront told a hearing last month that the younger brother sat in the car weaponless as his older brother entered the apartment, adding that a video shows he tried to call for help after the shooting.

(Writing by David Adams; Editing by Doina Chiacu)