Marc Wabafiyebazu, the Canadian teen charged in connection with a botched marijuana rip-off in Miami that claimed the life of his older brother, will not be allowed out of jail before trial.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler on Wednesday denied bail for the 15-year-old, saying she is “loathe” to allow him to return to the custody of his mother, a senior Canadian diplomat who lives in Pinecrest.
The mother had shown she did not keep proper tabs on Marc and his older brother during their short time in Miami, the judge said. And Canada does not have the same felony murder law that Marc is being prosecuted under in Florida, she ruled.
“It seems highly unlikely were Mr. Wabafiyebazu to flee to Canada – where his mother has family, and his father lives – the United States would be able to bring him back,” Pooler said.