Etienne Bowleg Jr. preliminary hearing continues
A court continued to hear evidence yesterday regarding an alleged high speed chase between police and a former priest’s son.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell continued a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for Etienne Bowleg Jr. to stand trial this week. He is represented by Murrio Ducille.
Etienne Bowleg Jr. was arrested in March 2009 following a high-speed chase that began when patrol officers tried to stop the male occupant of a blue Ford Expedition. The man in the sport utility vehicle allegedly fired at the officers, who returned fire. The chase ended on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway near the Department of Environmental Health.
Police allegedly found two bullets for a 9mm handgun, a bullet for a .28-caliber revolver and a small amount of marijuana during a search of the vehicle.
Bowleg faces 12 criminal counts in connection with the incident. He is charged with four counts of possession of a firearm with the intent to endanger life, four counts of possession of a firearm with the intent to resist arrest, two counts of possession of ammunition, one count of causing damage and marijuana possession.
Bowleg’s dad, the former Archdeacon Etienne Bowleg, renounced all allegiance as a priest of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands last year, following a dispute with the church on whether he was past the mandatory retirement age of 70. Bowleg claimed he was 64, but a birth certificate said he was 72.
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