The man accused of wounding more than a dozen people during a shooting rampage at a birthday party was on Tuesday charged with 14 counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Jeremiah Andrews, 26, of Mantol Street, Montell Heights, appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis, one week after police circulated a wanted poster for him.
Police had initially said that Andrews would face the more serious charge of attempted murder.
The scheduled noon court appearance was delayed for almost an hour after Rolle-Davis queried Andrews’ identity because the docket also had the surname Forbes.
Rolle-Davis read the charges to him after his mother produced his passport.
Prosecutors allege that on June 30, while concerned with another, Andrews had a 9mm pistol with the intent to endanger the lives of the 14 shooting victims some of whom were children.
Although Rolle-Davis asked Andrews to plead to the charges, prosecutors plan to fast-track the case to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment. As a result, his not guilty pleas were nullified.
Andrews, who is represented by Krystal Rolle, returns to court on September 10.
He has been remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.
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