Local man denies killing two in drive-by shooting

| 20/01/2023
Scene of shooting on Martin Lane on 1 July 2021

(CNS): Wayne Bellafonte Jr (31) has denied killing Mark Andre Ebanks (36) and Eldon Charles Walton (55) in a drive-by shooting in July 2021 in what police have said was a gang-related murder. Bellafonte, from North Side, also denied the attempted murder of a third man who was shot at the time, as well as the possession of an unlicensed gun. After pleading not guilty to all four charges when he appeared in court via Zoom from HMP Northward, he was remanded in custody until the trial, which has been set for April.

Bellafonte, who was charged in October with the murders, is accused of being one of several unknown men who opened fire from a car as they drove by the Globe Bar on Martin Drive, George Town, last summer, gunning down the three men. Ebanks died at the scene and Walton died from his injuries in hospital two weeks later. The third man recovered.

No one else has been charged for the murders, but in August, Mikkyle Brandon Leslie (36), also known as Brandon Leslie Ebanks, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the possession of an unlicensed firearm, as he was at the bar at the time and had returned fire with an unlicensed semi-automatic 9mm pistol. Leslie was initially arrested at the airport shortly after the shoot-out on suspicion of the murders, but it was soon apparent that he was not the killer and was in the company of one of the men who was killed.

The murders were followed a week later by another mass shooting at Vic’s Bar, which was believed to be connected. Six people were shot, including Wayne McLean, who was killed. Ezekiel Carter (36) was charged with that shooting, but the crown dropped all the charges against him in November as a result of new evidence.

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