MIAMI, FL. (AP) - A South Florida judge has refused to release the teenage son of a prominent Canadian diplomat on bail pending trial on murder charges.
Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ruled Wednesday that 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu was too great of a flight risk and would be difficult to extradite if he fled to Canada. He is the son of Roxanne Dube, Canada's consul general in Miami.
Wabafiyebazu faces felony murder and other charges as an adult in a March 30 shootout that killed his older brother and another teenager. Police say the slayings happened after the Wabafiyebazu brothers tried to rob marijuana dealers.
Marc Wabafiyebazu has pleaded not guilty. His mother says she is convinced he is innocent and had insisted she would ensure he remained in the U.S. if released.