Man charged with first-degree murder in Eastern Passage shooting
Published Thursday, August 2, 2018 10:14AM ADT
Last Updated Thursday, August 2, 2018 7:43PM ADT
He's a year younger than the victim he's now accused of murdering.
20-year-old Rae'heem Downey was led away from Dartmouth Provincial Court after being formally charged with first-degree murder.
Before 1 a.m. on June 18, Jamie Lee Bishop was out walking with a woman in Eastern Passage when he was shot in a drive-by shooting.
Bishop was rushed to hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
The 21-year-old Lunenburg County man had recently moved to the area and lived at an apartment building near the scene of the fatal shooting.
Bishop was remembered as a person who loved life on the water, four-wheeling and motor-biking.
The RCMP arrested Downey on Wednesday without incident – just a month and a half after the shooting.
“It was a combination of the efforts of the homicide-unit investigators from the integrated section as well as input and information provided to the investigators from the public,” said RCMP spokesman Dal Hutchinson.
Downey's lawyer Patrick MacEwan says the matter has been adjourned for about a month. In the meantime, Downey remains in custody.
“He's holding up,” MacEwan said. “He’s been charged with a very serious offence. He knows that there’s a long road ahead of him, but he's prepared to deal with these matters.
The RCMP wouldn’t say whether Bishop and Downey knew each other:
“That's something the investigators will speak to now that the matter is before the court,” Hutchinson said.“If the matter proceeds to a trial, all of that information will come out, but unfortunately I'm not able to confirm that.”
Downey is also facing a breach of probation charge.
Downey will be back in court Sept. 5h. His lawyer says they will likely set dates for a preliminary inquiry at that time.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Laura Brown.