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In Manhattan State Court Murder Defendant Kept Jailed As Coffee Maker Thief Takes Plea

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NYS COURTHOUSE, May 5 – Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the New York County Criminal Court on May 5 Kevin Williams, charged with murder in the second degree, was presented by video.

    In the courtroom at 100 Centre Street, Inner City Press was not only the only media - its reporter was the only person in the gallery which has seven rows of wooden benches with some profanity and gang names carved into them.

 The big screen TV was not facing the gallery, but Williams' and his defense lawyer's answers, and ambient holding cell sounds behind them, were very audible. His lawyer said he will not have a cross grand jury notice.

  Williams asked to speak. He said there had been problems with the audio when he spoke with his lawyer.

 The judge cautioned him not to speak now, until he spoke further with his lawyer, that as the Miranda warning has it, anything could be used against him. 

The Assistant District Attorney sought remand, meaning continued detention, saying that Williams was part of group that chased and kicked the victim, who was stabbed. She said Williams was involved in a robbery in July 2019, stole from a delivery person. 

  Williams' lawyer emphasized his young age and that he has roots in New York.   The judge found risk of flight, given the seriousness of the charges, and set the next date for June 5 in Part 19, for grand jury action. The case is CR 009 358 20 NY.   

Minutes earlier a defendant named Jose Gonzalez pleaded guilty in exchange for a time served sentence for petit larceny, "to whit," stealing to coffee makers from a store at 1235 Lexington Avenue which through the crackly audio he insisted was NOT a Walgreens.  [A Google Maps search finds it's a Duane Reade, named after streets in lower Manhattan.]

   The judge vacated a warrant in his Bronx case 2019 BX 009 204, advising him to show up there on August 3 at 9:30 am in 18-3 or there would be another warrant for his arrest and bail "might" be required. And so it goes. Inner City Press mostly covers the SDNY Federal Court one block away, but it was time to check out 100 Centre. Watch this site.


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