'Beachy Stout' murder trial under way

September 18, 2023
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The trial of Portland businessman Everton 'Beachy Stout' McDonald, and his co-accused Oscar Barnes, began today in the Home Circuit Court.

Both men are being tried for the July 2020 murder of McDoland's second wife, Tonia.

The lead prosecutor in her opening said, "We are saying that they killed Tonia without any legal excuse, and we will bring witnesses here to tell you how it went."

McDonald is being represented by attorneys-at-law Earl Hamilton, Courtney Rowe, Christopher Townsend and John Jacobs.

Barnes, whose bail was this afternoon revoked, is being represented by attorney Ernest Davis.

McDonald is also charged with the 2009 murder of his first wife Marlene. He's to be tried alone for that matter in January 2024.

- Tanesha Mundle

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