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Jun 24, 2014

George McKenzie Junior faces a slew of charges


George McKenzie Jr.

A few months ago, nineteen year-old George “Junie Balls” McKenzie was accused of pulling the trigger on a man who was shot on Victoria Street. But just when he was about to be arraigned on a murder charge before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser, the arraignment was halted and McKenzie Junior was held in police custody at the Queen Street Police Station. When the matter was taken to court days later, the charge was withdrawn.  The withdrawal was said to be based on a surveillance camera that the police and DPP viewed which showed that McKenzie could not have committed the murder because surveillance footage places him at the Chon Saan Restaurant at the time of the homicide. Today, McKenzie Junior, a resident of Pink’s Alley, who is the son of former Crips Leader, George McKenzie Senior, is being accused of attempted murder. That incident is alleged to have occurred back in November of 2013 when it is claimed he pulled the trigger and shot Paul Alvarez Junior. Today, his attorney Kareem Musa submitted before arraignment that he would first like the record to reflect that there are a number of questionable issues. Musa queried if the slew of charges against McKenzie Junior were the same as those levied against Albert Robinson in 2013 for the shooting of Alvarez Junior. When the court prosecutor could not answer his questions, Magistrate Herbert Panton went ahead and arraigned McKenzie Junior for Attempted Murder, Dangerous Harm and Use of Deadly Means of Harm upon Paul Alvarez Junior.  According to Musa, there was no indication that the alleged shooting of Alvarez Junior was committed by two men so the charges against his client expose government to a law suit.  McKenzie Junior was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until August fourteen. McKenzie Junior’s mother believes her son is being targeted because of his father. He has no court record until now and is a recent graduate of Maud Hyde High School.

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