BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The two people who were previously identified as persons of interest in July’s fatal shooting on Donovan Drive have each been indicted on murder and assault charges.
Jonay Robinson, 25, and Dequan Richardson, 22, have been accused of killing Shaquelle Walker, who was three years old at the time of his death. Three other people were shot during that incident, but they survived.
“We are alleging that they intended to shoot someone else and missed,” said John Flynn, the district attorney for Erie County. “We are alleging that the male, DeQuan, was the shooter and we are alleging that the girlfriend was the driver of the vehicle.”
In their Cheektowaga apartment, detectives found an assault rifle that they believe matches the the nearly 40 shots fired. Prosecutors say both of the defendants DNA cannot be ruled out from touching the gun, and cell phone records place both of them at the scene.
“At this point, it’s only an indictment. It’s only an accusation,” said Robert Johnson, who represents Richardson. “They’ve given us discovery to see whether they can hold up on those charges at this point. What we’re doing at this point is going through that discovery to see exactly what motions we can make against it, or any other thing we can protect our client with.”
About a dozen family and friends of the victims came to court Wednesday morning. Some sobbed in the hallway and had no comment for reporters.
Flynn says there were nearly 30 people outside that night, but only one family member came forward as a witness. He takes issue with anyone who blames the quality of police work. “How about the quality of people not opening their mouth and coming forward with information ? How about that quality? If they don’t have video, if they don’t have something like an eye witnesses to come forward, what are they supposed to do? They need witnesses.”
On the night of July 5, Robinson and Richardson allegedly fired numerous shots into a crowd of people who were gathered in the courtyard of the Ferry Grider Homes housing complex. At the time, prosecutors say the crowd was watching fireworks.
After this, prosecutors say Robinson and Richardson drove away, but they say Robinson’s car was traced to the crime scene. Additionally, cell phone records allegedly placed both of them at the scene of the shooting, according to officials.
Richardson and Robinson were previously arrested on gun and drug charges during a raid of their Cheektowaga apartment last month.
Although a substance found there was suspected to be cocaine, a test determined that it was not a controlled substance at all.
Officials say that during a preliminary examination, the bullet casings found during the search of their apartment “appear to be the same type in color and composition” as those found at the scene of the Donovan Drive shooting.
The latest updates on Richardson and Robinson were announced Wednesday morning. They have been indicted on the following charges:
- second-degree murder (two counts each)
- first-degree assault (two counts each)
- second-degree assault (two counts each)
- third-degree assault (two counts each)
- criminal possession of a firearm (one count each)
- criminal possession of a weapon (one count each)
If they’re convicted of these charges, Richardson and Robinson could each spend 25 years to life in prison.
Separately, Richardson was also arraigned on an indictment accusing him of attempted robbery and unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.
These charges stem from an incident in January where prosecutors say Richardson, while driving, appeared to display a pistol and allegedly attempted to steal from a pedestrian at Suffolk and Kensington.
According to officials, Richardson allegedly fled the scene before taking anything. Police later attempted to pull him over, prosecutors say, but he allegedly refused to stop for about 10 minutes.
For the attempted robbery and unlawful fleeing charges, Richardson could spend up to 15 years in prison.
Both Richardson and Robinson will be back in court on September 21.
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