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Canadian diplomat’s teen son indicted as adult in Florida killing

Marc Wabafiyebazu is seen in this undated handout photo. Handout / The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A Canadian diplomat’s son, allegedly involved in the drug-related shootout that killed his brother and another teenager, was indicted Wednesday for first-degree murder.

A Miami grand jury returned the indictment for Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, who was being held in juvenile detention, the Miami Herald reported.

The teen will now be transferred to an adult detention centre while awaiting trial where he will be tried as an adult.

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Wabafiyebazu was arrested last month after the shooting deaths of his brother Jean, 17, and Joshua Wright, also 17.

The brothers’ mother is Roxanne Dube, a long-time Canadian diplomat who recently became general consul in Miami.

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Police said the Wabafiyebazu brothers were involved in a marijuana drug deal when something went wrong. The alleged dealer, Anthony Rodriguez, 19, was wounded and faces murder charges.

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Wabafiyebazu’s attorney said Wabafiyebazu will plead not guilty to any charges filed. “We will be defending these charges,” Curt Obront told reporters.

Under Florida law, any person who takes part in a violent felony in which someone dies can be charged with murder.

Below: Grand Jury report for State of Florida v. Rodriguez, Ruiz-Perez and Wabafiyebazu

– with files from Global News reporters John R. Kennedy and Andrew Russell

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