April 18, 2010
Three people facing charges in connection with last spring’s slaying of a Colombian national behind a City Centre condominium, will be appearing in court in the coming days.
Hearings are being arranged for the three men arrested in the murder outside Chelsea Towers, on Shipp Dr. back on June 2.
Just after 10 p.m., police found Andres David Buritica-Marin, 25, bleeding behind the building. He died later in hospital.
Police believe Buritica-Marin was shot during a drug deal.
Denton McKenzie, 50, of Brampton, has been charged with first-degree murder. McKenzie will be in court April 21 with his lawyer, Gary Batasar.
Batasar maintains his client is innocent of the charge and said the case is progressively working its way through the courts.
Ryan Merrick Johnson, 42, of Mississauga, along with Brampton resident Collin Nathan Theodore Reid, 45, are charged with second degree murder.
Johnson will be in court April 22 and Reid appears May 13, court records show.
Police say they have seized one kilogram of cocaine in connection with the slaying.
“This was an intended drug…robbery that went very wrong,” Peel homicide Insp. Norm English said back in June. “Cash also plays a prominent role.”
“So far, a kilo of cocaine has been seized and we know there is a lot more.”
The kilo of cocaine seized is worth about $50,000, police say.
Police have not said if the killing is connected to a South American drug cartel.