The man who led police to the human remains that are believed to be toddler Lonzie Barton is now allowed to speak to his parents and the mother of his children again.


Circuit Judge Mark Borello lifted an order this week that prevented William Ruben Ebron Jr., 32, from having any contact with William Ebron Sr. or Wanda Ebron. He also will be allowed to speak to a woman identified as J.R. in court documents who has three children with Ebron.

J.R. has accused Ebron of raping her and filed injunctions for protection against him. J.R. was on the witness list for Ebron’s trial and lived with his parents. Prosecutors said Ebron was attempting to communicate with her through his parents, which led Circuit Judge Marianne Aho to ban Ebron from communicating with them.

Borello ended almost all of the prohibitions against Ebron communicating with people involved in the case Tuesday at the request of his defense lawyers. Prosecutors did not object to this, Borello said in his order. The only person Ebron is still prohibited from communicating with is Lonna Lauramore Barton, Lonzie’s mother and Ebron’s former girlfriend.

Ebron is charged with child neglect, tampering with evidence, lying to police, attempted escape, criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of a concealed handcuff key and introducing/smuggling contraband into a detention facility.

His trial was delayed Monday after he pointed authorities to Lonzie’s possible location in the Bayard area.

The Public Defender’s Office, which represents Ebron, has said they hope to have a resolution to his case soon. But efforts to reach a plea deal were unsuccessful.

Lauramore Barton also was charged with neglect and lying to police. She pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Ebron. Both Ebron and Lauramore Barton are in the Duval County jail.

Ebron, 32, was arrested July 24 after Lonzie disappeared while in his care while Lauramore Barton was working that night as a dancer at Wacko’s.

Police have consistently said Ebron lied about having his car stolen with Lonzie inside. Monday after finding the remains, they said they believe Lonzie was already dead when Ebron reported the car stolen.


Larry Hannan: (904) 359-4470