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Teenager Elberth Smith, 19, is charged with attempted murder of Jermaine Wagner

Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2023. 9:09 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Antelope Street resident Elberth Smith, 19, has been charged with the attempted murder of Jermaine Wagner, 28, who was shot on Monday night in Belize City.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Hilberto Romero, Regional Commander, Eastern Division, detailed what transpired: “On Monday, the 20th day of November 2023, police responded to a shooting at Antelope Street Extension area. Upon arrival, they found Jermaine Wagner, 28, with gunshot injuries to the body. Information is that he was hanging with other persons at the yard at that address when a person approached and fired several shots [in] his direction, causing his injuries. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he is admitted in a stable condition.”

Smith appeared unrepresented before a Senior Magistrate where he was read three indictable offenses – attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, and dangerous harm to Wagner.

Due to the nature of the offense, Smith was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until January 24, 2024.

Police reports said a second man was involved, believed to be of Hispanic descent who had his face covered with a t-shirt. After the shooting, both men fled through the “London Bridges” behind Antelope Street Extension.

As the area is a known hotspot for criminal and gang activity ACP Romero told reporters that police are conducting stop and searches and increased patrols in the area to minimize retaliation.


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