Jeffers faces second murder charge

Raziel Jeffers, 26, appeared in
Summary Court on Thursday charged with murdering Marcus Leon Ebanks at
Bonaventure Road, West Bay, on 8 July 2009. Marcus was 20 at the time.

Arising from the same incident,
Jeffers faces a charge of attempted murder. It alleges that he attempted
unlawfully to cause the death of six named males. Of the six, two were injured.
One, a boy of 14, has been paralysed from the waist down since the shooting.

Jeffers is further charged with
possession of an unlicensed firearm, but the type or brand is not specified.

The charges were brought a little
less than two weeks after Jeffers appeared in court accused of murdering Damion
Omar Ming on 25 March this year. Damion, 29, was shot in the Birch Tree Hill
area of West Bay. Jeffers was further charged with possession of an unlicensed
firearm, a pistol.

Defence Attorney Ben Tonner said he
had been served with a disclosure bundle and had been assured by Senior Crown
Counsel Trevor Ward that another piece of evidence was coming. He told Chief
Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale that the matter would have to be resolved by
way of a long-form preliminary inquiry – in which witnesses give evidence in
person rather than by way of having statements read.

The magistrate said the court diary
was full, but because Jeffers is in custody he would get priority over
defendants who are on bail. She set the two separate inquiries for the afternoon
of Tuesday, 6 July. If there is sufficient evidence for Jeffers to stand trial
on either set of charges, he would appear in Grand Court at the opening of the
new session on Wednesday, 7 July.

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