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Man charged with attempted murder of Demetrius Smith

A police officer escorts Rasheed Watson (center) into court yesterday. AHVIA J. CAMPBELL

A man was charged yesterday with the attempted murder of entertainer Demetrius Smith.

Rasheed Watson, 20, of Dignity Gardens, made his first court appearance on charges of attempted murder, armed robbery and receiving.

Prosecutors allege that Watson tried to kill Smith on February 10, when he allegedly robbed him of a $70,000 Chevrolet Tahoe that contained $2,500.

Prosecutors allege, in the alternative, that Watson received the Tahoe knowing that it was obtained by an offense.

Watson, who is represented by Ian Cargill, was not required to enter a plea to the charges when he appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.

He was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services because the magistrate lacked jurisdiction to grant bail for the offense.

Prosecutors intend to fast-track the case to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment on March 31.



Also appearing before the same court was Courtney Belton Jr., who was shot by police on January 30.

Prosecutors allege that Belton endangered the lives of three police officers when he allegedly opened fire on them at Brougham Street.

Belton is also accused of possession of an unlicensed .40 caliber pistol and eight rounds of ammunition.

Belton was not required to enter pleas to the charges and his case will be forwarded to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment.


Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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