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Two facing attempted murder charges

Police have filed attempted murder charges against two young men in connection with last week’s drive-by shooting of Gerald Bethel.

Troy Johnson Jr, 19, of Finlayson Street, who police shot during his arrest, and Winston Lindsay, 19, of Pratt Alley, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell on Tuesday in connection with Bethel’s shooting and other related charges.

The men are accused of seriously wounding Bethel, an alleged drug dealer, at Augusta Street on December 28. Bethel, nicknamed Yellow, is on bail on drug possession with intent to supply.

Following Bethel’s shooting, police said they saw three suspects running from a blue 1995 Nissan Pathfinder at Strachan’s Corner. They chased the men into Fritz Lane. Police allege that Johnson pointed a gun at one of the officers, who shot him in the right thigh.

Johnson is accused of having a handgun to endanger the life of PC 2825 Sweeting and illegal possession of a 45-caliber Winchester pistol and 10 bullets.

Defense lawyer Ian Cargill told the court that the bullet had not been removed from Johnson’s leg. He walked with the aid of crutches.

Police allege that Johnson and Lindsay stole the Pathfinder, which belonged to Catherine Percentie, between December 18 and 19.

Magistrate Bethell remanded the men to Her Majesty’s Prison until January 14 when she will hold a bail hearing.

She will hold a status hearing on January 21. On that date, prosecutors will inform the court whether the case will be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court, or if a preliminary inquiry to determine the strength of the prosecution’s case will be held in the magistrate’s court.

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