Ebanks acquitted of Bise murder

Leonard Antonio Ebanks was cleared late Monday of murder but convicted on the lesser charge of being an accessory after the fact to the killing of Swiss banker Frederic Bise.

Ebanks will be sentenced on Wednesday for his role in the killing of Bise, whose badly beaten body was found in the burned-out wreck of his car in West Bay in 2008.

Two female friends of the defendant had testified during the trial that he had confessed to being involved in the murder, though they differed on whether he had actually been involved in the assault that led to his death.

The five-man, seven-woman jury had been sent out shortly before 2 p.m. Monday.

Justice Charles Quin had indicated at 4:45 p.m. that he planned to send them home for the night, but they indicated they were close to a verdict and came back with their decision shortly after 5 p.m.

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