MIAMI – A Canadian diplomat’s teenage son accused of involvement in a drug-related shootout that killed his older brother in Florida has been charged with first-degree murder, a U.S. newspaper reported Wednesday.
The Miami Herald reported a grand jury returned the indictment for 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu, who was arrested March 30 after the shooting deaths of his 17-year-old brother, Jean, and 17-year-old Joshua Wright.
The report said that Wabafiyebazu, who is being held in juvenile detention, will now be moved to an adult jail to await trial.
Wabafiyebazu’s lawyer has said his client — whose mother is Roxanne Dube, a longtime Canadian diplomat who recently became general consul in Miami — plans to plead not guilty to any charges in the case.
Police say the Wabafiyebazu brothers were involved in an alleged marijuana drug deal gone wrong.
Investigators allege the brothers had gone to a home with the intention of stealing marijuana from a dealer. While the younger sibling waited with the car outside, the older teen went inside.
Several shots were fired inside the home, police allege, and Marc Wabafiyebazu rushed into the house but exactly what he did after that is not clear.
Officers who arrived at the scene found the older Wabafiyebazu and Wright dead inside.
Two other men, including Anthony Rodriguez, 19, the alleged dealer, were wounded and needed hospital treatment.
According to police reports, the Wabafiyebazu brothers — who had only recently relocated from their father’s home in Ottawa to South Florida to be with their mother _ took her personal vehicle with its diplomatic plates to the alleged drug meeting.
Maclean’s reporter Rachel Browne went to Miami to find out how a Canadian diplomat’s two sons would wind up in a drug heist gone wrong. Here’s what she wrote.