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Judon McBride Charged With South Bronx Shooting Is Found Guilty by SDNY Jury

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 29 – Judon McBride is charged with shooting a gun in the South Bronx near 320 Beekman Avenue, as a felon. On August 3, 2020 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge P. Kevin Castel held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

   McBride, according to the complaint, is also known as Smooch or Smooth.

At 2 am on March 10, an Officer stopped him and he said, "they are shooting" and that he was "out of here."

Then more shooting. 

 On December 7 Judge Castel held another proceeding which Inner City Press covered. McBride was requesting to be released on bail.

 But more detail was given, of the shooting on Beekman and Oak Terrace. Judge Castel denied bail, and moved an evidentiary hearing on McBride's motion to suppress identification evidence to February 9, excluding time until then.

  The government says "the defendant was long-known to both the Victim and Witness-1, having grown up on the same city block as they did... The Victim described McBride approaching his residence firing numerous shots toward him and Witness-1."

On April 13, 2021, Judge Castel held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

  It is moving to trial, to begin on April 27. Judge Castel asked, Who is Diego Beekman? They own buildings around 138th Street and Beekman Avenue in the South Bronx. There will be some evidence suppressed, some not suppressed.

On April 23, Judge Castel convened another pre-trial conference and Inner City Press again covered it. A focus was the US Attorney Office's response that they will not be able to provide the requested Civilian Complaint Review Board records the defense has requested. DOJ emphasizes that the CCRB "is in impartial agency," independent from the NYPD.

But the government's witness list includes, for example, Officer Brian DeStefano, who's been accused of improper use of physical force. The CCRB says it found the victim uncooperative. But what about the records?

  Inner City Press covered the trial from August 27 to 29, including disputes about the verdict sheet. In the end, the verdict was guilty. Afterward, Judge Castel thanked the jury and said he hoped they would be able for July 4 to be able to be outside with friends and burgers, "or veggie burgers." He called jury trials the best engine for truth. Watch this site.

The case is US v. McBride, 20-cr-363 (Castel) 


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