2009-11-20 / Top Stories

Guilty In 2005 Edgemere Double Slay

By Howard Schwach

Two men, one from Rockaway and the other from Brooklyn, both with rap sheets, have been convicted of murder in the shooting deaths of a young man and woman and the attempted murder of two other men at the Edgemere Houses in 2005.

District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendants as Naim Muhammad, 25, of 22-29 Dix Avenue and Antoine Singleton, 27, of 724 East 103 Street, in Canarsie.

They each were convicted on Friday of two counts of murder in the second degree, two counts of attempted murder in the second degree, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. The defendants were convicted following a jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak, who set sentencing for December 15, 2009. The defendants each face up to 50 years to life in prison.

According to court papers, the shootings took place on December 11, 2005 at approximately 3:00 a.m. at 438 Beach 40 Street following a party.

Brown said, "This case is another example of the senseless decision by two men to carry and repeatedly fire illegal handguns inside a Far Rockaway public housing development. In the end, a young man and woman saw their lives cut short too soon and the defendants face the prospect of life in prison. The crime is a shocking example of mindless gun-related violence that takes innocent lives and recklessly endangers public safety."

Court documents show that Muhammad and Singleton fired two semi-automatic pistols, striking Derrick Samuel, 23, five times throughout his body, and Jeanette "Nikki" Bostick, 23, one time in the chest, fatally wounding them.

Muhammad and Singleton also shot at two other men, Jeffrey Roddy and Terrell Johnson, but missed.

Muhammad has convictions dating back to 2001 for disorderly conduct, drug possession and trespassing.

Singleton had a 1999 conviction for grand larceny and menacing.

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