UNITED STATES NEWS

No bail for Canadian diplomat’s teen son in killings

Jun 3, 2015, 9:01 AM

MIAMI (AP) — The teenage son of a senior Canadian diplomat is a risk of fleeing prosecution in South Florida for his role in an alleged drug-related shootout and will not be released on bail before trial, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler rejected the attempt by defense attorneys to gain release for 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu, the son of Canadian consul general to Miami Roxanne Dube. The mother had assured Pooler her son would stay in the U.S. and show up for all hearings, but Pooler said it would be too easy for him to flee to Canada possibly by simply driving there.

Pooler also said Canada would not extradite Wabafiyebazu because it does not recognize the crime of felony murder in circumstances such as his and because of his youth. In Florida, a person can be charged with murder, including a minor teenager, if someone is killed during the commission of another felony crime such as a robbery.

“It seems to me it is highly unlikely that the United States would ever be able to bring him back,” Pooler said.

Wabafiyebazu is charged as an adult in the March 30 shootout that killed his older brother, 18-year-old Jean, and 17-year-old Joshua Wright. Police say the slayings happened after the Wabafiyebazu brothers tried to rob marijuana dealers, with Wright and Jean Wabafiyebazu shooting each other.

Marc Wabafiyebazu has pleaded not guilty. His mother says she is convinced he is innocent and had insisted she would ensure he remained in the U.S. if released. The boy’s parents are divorced and his father lives in Ottawa, Canada.

Under Florida law, people charged with serious crimes such as murder are kept in custody without bond unless they can persuade a judge to release them. Wabafiyebazu’s attorneys sought to show during a two-day hearing last week that the boy was simply following along with his brother and played no active role in the robbery attempt or shootings.

But Assistant State Attorney Marie Mato said Wabafiyebazu was the lookout and possible getaway driver, despite his youth, and was fully aware of what was to happen.

“His role in this encounter is to assist his brother in this,” Mato said.

Pooler noted that Dube testified last week that she was unaware her sons were often not in school, that they seemed to have ready access to large amounts of cash and that they had borrowed her BMW car with its diplomatic plates the day of the killings.

“She was not aware of the amount of time they skipped school,” Pooler said. “She did not know where they obtained guns.”

Dube left the courthouse without speaking to reporters but her son’s attorney, Curt Obront, said he would begin to prepare for trial. The current trial date is in July, but that is almost certain to be delayed, he said.

“Certainly, we’re disappointed, but we respect the court,” Obront said. “We still have faith in our case and our client, and we’re going to move forward.”

___

Follow Curt Anderson on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Miamicurt

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

United States News

Associated Press

US Rep. Lauren Boebert’s son arrested in connection with string of vehicle break-ins, police say

DENVER (AP) — The oldest son of U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert was in a Colorado jail on Wednesday after being arrested in connection with a recent string of vehicle break-ins and property thefts. Tyler Jay Boebert, 18, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and is facing possible felony charges of criminal possession of identification documents involving multiple […]

18 minutes ago

Associated Press

A New York collector pleads guilty to smuggling rare birdwing butterflies

NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island man has pleaded guilty to illegally trafficking birdwing butterflies and other rare insects, according to a plea deal filed in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday. Charles Limmer, 75, of Commack, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to smuggle wildlife into the country and agreed to pay a $30,215 […]

1 hour ago

Associated Press

A pregnant Amish woman is killed in her rural Pennsylvania home, and police have no suspects

SPARTANSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Investigators have no suspects in the killing of a pregnant 23-year-old Amish woman inside her home in rural northwestern Pennsylvania, and are appealing for tips from the public to help solve the crime, a state police spokeswoman said Wednesday. Rebekah A. Byler was the victim of a criminal homicide inside her […]

1 hour ago

Associated Press

Police in suburban Chicago are sued over a fatal shooting of a man in his home

CHICAGO (AP) — The sisters of a man fatally shot in his home this month by suburban Chicago police filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the officers and their department, alleging wrongful death and other counts. Kyenna McConico and Kennetha Barnes, sisters of Isaac Goodlow III, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago […]

3 hours ago

Workers drive among shipping containers and trailers at a BNSF intermodal terminal, Jan. 3, 2024, i...

Associated Press

US economy grew solid 3.2% in fourth quarter, a slight downgrade from government’s initial estimate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a robust 3.2% annual pace from October through December, propelled by healthy consumer spending, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday in a slight downgrade from its initial estimate. The expansion in the nation’s gross domestic product — the economy’s total output of goods and services — slipped from […]

3 hours ago

FILE - Activists mark the first anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Wom...

Associated Press

About as many abortions are happening in the US monthly as before Roe was overturned, report finds

The number of abortions performed each month is about the same as before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the nationwide right to abortion more than a year and a half ago, a new report finds. The latest edition of the #WeCount report conducted for the Society of Family Planning, a nonprofit […]

3 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

No bail for Canadian diplomat’s teen son in killings