Everton ‘Beachy Stout’ McDonald, the popular Portland businessman who is accused of murdering his two wives, is to know later this month whether he will be granted bail.
A bail application was heard for the 67-year-old accused in the Home Circuit Court on Tuesday.
McDonald is charged with the 2009 murder of his first wife, Merlene McDonald, and the July 2020 killing of his second wife, Tonia Hamilton-McDonald.
One of two other men charged with the murder of Hamilton-McDonald is Astor ‘Tiny’ Barnes of Epsom district in Annotto Bay, St Mary. A bail application was also made on his behalf by his defense team.
In the bail hearing, Bert Samuels, the led attorney for Everton McDonald, argued that his client has been diagnosed with clinical depression.
Samuels also rejected the allegations that his client murdered his two wives.
But the prosecution urged presiding judge, Justice Vinette Graham-Allen, to deny McDonald’s request for bail, arguing that the allegations against him were of a serious nature.
Following the application, Graham-Allen reserved her decision on bail until April 30.
The accused businessman and his co-accused were remanded in custody until that time.
On February 1 of this year, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the crime portfolio, Fitz Bailey, announced that McDonald was charged for the murder of his first wife.
The 50-year-old woman was shot in her driveway after parking her car at her Boundbrook, Port Antonio, Portland home in May 2009. She later died from her injuries.
At the time that he was being charged, McDonald had been remanded in custody for the murder of his second wife shortly after her killing in July of last year.
Also charged in relation to Hamilton-McDonald’s murder is 56-year-old Denvalyn ‘Bubble’ Minott, a fisherman of Ranch Hill in Portland.
The three men were also jointly charged with conspiracy to murder Hamilton-McDonald.
Minott pleaded guilty to the murder in September of last year. He was subsequently sentenced to 19 years in prison and ordered to serve 10 years before being eligible for parole consideration.
Thirty-two-year-old Hamilton-McDonald, otherwise called ‘Sassy’, a businesswoman of Dolphin Cove in Dolphin Bay, Portland, was found dead with her throat slashed on Monday, July 20, 2020.
Her body was just outside a Toyota Axio motorcar that was found engulfed in flames on the Tailington main road in Sherwood Forrest, Portland.
The police at that time said they had information that suggested that McDonald paid over $3 million to have Hamilton-McDonald killed.
Indications are that after the killing last year, the 2009 case was revisited by the police, and following the submission of a file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP), a ruling was handed down for McDonald to be charged with murder and conspiracy to murder in relation to his first wife.