Murder, firearms charges brought

Defendant says his heart is clean

Leonard Antonio Ebanks, 39,
appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, charged with the murder of Tyrone Burrell
in West Bay on the evening of Wednesday, 8 September.

He is further charged with
possession of an unlicensed firearm, a .38 revolver, on the same date.

Mr. Burrell, 20, was shot and
killed in the yard of a home on Birch Tree Hill Road.

Senior Crown Counsel Trevor Ward presented
a summary of facts to Attorney Lloyd Samson, who in turn handed it to Ebanks to
read.

Mr. Ward told Magistrate Nova Hall
he had received indication that a long form preliminary inquiry would be
required and the Crown would be putting together the necessary bundle of
documents. The inquiry is held to determine whether there is sufficient
evidence to send a matter to Grand court; long-form means that witnesses will
give evidence in person rather than have their statements read.

Mr. Samson confirmed that Attorney
Ben Tonner would likely attend for Ebanks’ next court appearance, set for
Tuesday, 19 October. He asked the court to confirm Ebanks’ signature on a legal
aid application.

Afterward, the magistrate remanded
Ebanks to Northward Prison.

As he was heading to the cell area,
Ebanks asked if he could say something. Told to go downstairs, he declared he
would not be a scapegoat for anybody. “My heart clean,” he told the court.

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