One man is dead and another is in custody following a shooting in Queens, according to local police. New York authorities apprehended a 23-year-old Queens man after he was allegedly seen dumping a body near an overpass. The man has an extensive criminal record and was set to be arraigned the night of Sept. 19. It is unclear whether he has retained criminal defense counsel yet.
Police say they believe an altercation occurred between the 23-year-old suspect and the 35-year-old victim, whose body was found on July 16 in Yonkers near the New York State Thruway. Coroners confirmed the cause of death to be bullet wounds. The connection between the two men, and the cause for their alleged altercation, remain unknown at this time. However, it has been confirmed that an eyewitness report led police to the suspect.
The 23-year-old man was arrested on Sept. 19 and now faces multiple charges, including tampering with evidence, criminal possession of a weapon, concealment of a human corpse and murder. No mention of the details of the crime, nor the details of his arrest, were made in the police report. However, if he is found guilty, he could face serious jail time.
A murder charge of this nature must be thoroughly investigated before an individual is convicted, and the burden of proof must always rest with New York prosecutors in cases of this type. The man's criminal defense representation will carefully scrutinize any and all evidence the prosecution wishes to bring before the court in advance of the court date. This is meant to ensure they have all the information they need to build a compelling defense for the accused man.