David Ungi appeared in court this morning seven years after Garston teenager Vinny Waddington was shot dead.
The 31-year-old, formerly of Allerton, was charged this morning with murdering 18-year-old Vinny on Banks Lane, Garston, on July 14, 2015. Vinny was the pillion passenger on a motorbike which was struck by an Audi car at around 8.47pm.
One of three men inside the vehicle fired a shotgun out of the passenger side window, striking Vinny in the chest. He was able to run a short distance before collapsing. The rider of the bike, then 21-year-old Francis Humphries, was wounded by the same shotgun blast but survived.
Ungi appeared at Liverpool Magistrates' Court this morning via video-link from a Merseyside Police station. Ungi was shown on a screen in court sat by a table, wearing a dark blue jacket and light blue top, with two uniformed officers visible in the background.
According to the wording of the charges, Ungi is accused of murdering Vinny and attempting to wound Mr Humphries with intent to cause GBH. He also faces a separate charge of conspiring with a Ronald Fitzgibbon to supply heroin between December 2014 and November 2015.
District Judge Wendy Lloyd formally sent the case to Liverpool Crown Court where Ungi will appear on Wednesday this week. He was remanded in custody as magistrates' courts do not have the power to hear bail applications in murder cases.
Two men, Luke Kendrick and Ryan Bate, have already been convicted of Vinny's murder and were jailed for life in 2016.