On Tuesday, October 16th, two Belize City men were before the Belize City Magistrate’s Court to answer to separate charges of attempted murder in connection with two shooting incidents over the week.
Ellis Meighan, Jr., and Jeon Peebles, both of Belize City were charged in Magistrate's Court.
The first to be arraigned was 21-year-old Jeon Peebles, a laborer of #6892 Electric Avenue Belize City. Peebles is accused of pulling the trigger twice as he tried to kill 17-year-old Malik Dixon. He appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford in Court #7 where he was additionally charged with the use of deadly means as well as dangerous harm and grievous harm upon Dixon.
Due to the nature of the offenses, no plea was taken and Peebles was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until December 6th.
In court, Peebles was unrepresented. He was informed of his rights to apply to the Supreme Court with the assistance of an attorney to seek Supreme Court bail in the matter since the magistrate cannot offer it to him.
According to police reports, Dixon was shot to the right lower back as he was travelling on Mopan Street in a grey Toyota Corolla. At the time, the vehicle was being driven by 20-year-old Ellis Meighan. Whilst heading towards Ebony Street, two men, who were standing on Mopan Street fired several shots at the vehicle causing his injuries. Dixon is the son of Kareem Dixon, a security guard who was stabbed to death by his common-law-wife, Melanie Staine.
The second man to be arraigned on attempted murder charges before Magistrate Ford was Ellis Meighan, Jr. He is accused of trying to kill Delone Vernon, which is alleged to have occurred on Friday, October 12th in Belize City.
Meigha, who was unrepresented was read four indictable offenses. He was charged with a count each of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, grievous harm and the use of deadly means of harm.
No plea taken and he is due back in Court #7 on December 5th.
In a report, police say that on that day, they visited the KHMH where they observed Delone Vernon, 30, with gunshot wounds to the lower abdomen, left lower back and right upper leg.
Police say Vernon reported that at around 5:50 a.m., he was walking along Ebony Street en route to work when upon reaching near the intersection of Magazine Road and Ebony Street, he saw two men coming towards him from behind from Sarstoon Street. He said he recognized one of the men whom he has known for several years.
The man had what appeared to be a gun in his hand and as he approached near Vernon Street, the man whom he knew began to fire in his direction causing his injuries.
According to Vernon, he ran and was assisted by a taxi man ,who was in the area who rushed him to the KHMH for medical assistant.
At the shooting scene, police say they found 8 expended shells and a slug.
Vernon remains in a stable condition at the KHMH.
Meighan, who was unrepresented in court, stated that the only reason he has been charged was because he made a report against Delone Vernon.