Man charged with first degree murder appears in Belleville court

The Quinte Consolidated Courthouse, which houses the Ontario Court of Justice, in Belleville. Photo via the Ministry of the Attorney General on Flickr.

The Belleville Police Service reports that a first degree murder charge has been laid in connection with a September, 2023 death.

Police say that 22-year-old Marlon McDonald appeared for a bail hearing today (May 10) in a Belleville courtroom following his arrest in connection to a homicide in the city last fall.

On Thursday, May 9, members of the Belleville Police Service’s Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance from the Belleville Police Emergency Response Unit, K9 and Project Renewal members, arrested the 22-year-old Oshawa man for his alleged role in a homicide that occurred at a North Front Street address on the Sept. 18, 2023.

McDonald was arrested at an address in the city of Oshawa.

The media release states that during the arrest, police seized approximately five kilograms of crystal meth, approximately two kilograms of cocaine, a large quantity of Canadian currency and a loaded 9mm Glock handgun with an extended magazine.

As a result of the alleged homicide and arrest seizure, McDonald is charged with a total of 18 charges including:

  • First degree murder;
  • Possession of a loaded prohibited firearm x2;
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm x2;
  • Pointing a firearm;
  • Discharge firearm with intent;
  • Possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition;
  • Carrying a concealed weapon;
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon;
  • Possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order x2;
  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking;
  • Possession of crystal meth for the purpose of trafficking;
  • Proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000;
  • Resist peace officer;
  • Failure to comply with release order x2.

Charges have not been proven in court.

McDonald was held for a bail hearing and appeared today in a Belleville court.

Anyone with any information related to the homicide are asked to contact Detective Constable Rachel Sweet at 613-966-0882 x 4177 or

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