Arverne Man Indicted For Witness Slay
A 21-year-old Arverne man, who is accused of fatally shooting a witness who had testified against him in an earlier robbery case six months ago, has been indicted in connection with the shooting, according to a spokesperson for Queens District Richard Brown.
A Rosedale woman was also indicted in the case on a second-degree murder charge for allegedly assisting in the murder by driving the defendant to and from the crime scene.
Brown said, “In addition to the second degree murder charge for which the defendant was originally arrested, the grand jury has charged the defendant with first-degree murder under subparagraph (1) (a)(v) of Penal Law 125.27, which states, in part, that ‘the victim was a witness to a crime committed on a prior occasion and had previously testified in a criminal action or proceeding and the killing was committed for the purpose of exacting retribution for such prior testimony.’”
The District Attorney continued, “The defendant’s alleged actions strike at the very heart of our justice system and must be severely punished as both an example of our commitment to protecting the integrity of the criminal justice system and to punish those who engage in such conduct.”
The District Attorney identified the defendants as Shytique Kelly, 21, of 440 Beach 58th Street in the Arverne section of Queens, and Jazmin Guillebeaux, 21, of 148-03 Huxley Street in the Rosedale section of Queens. Kelly was arraigned today on an eleven-count indictment before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter and ordered held without bail. Guillebeaux was previously arraigned on October 31, 2012, and ordered held without bail. The next court date is scheduled for January 29, 2013.
Kelly is charged with first- and second degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, second and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree criminal contempt and third-degree tampering with a witness. Guillebeaux is charged with second degree murder, second-degree criminal facilitation, and first-degree hindering prosecution. Kelly, who until today had been held in jail in lieu of $250,000 bail since his arrest on May 30, 2012, faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. Guillebeaux faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
District Attorney Brown said that, according to the criminal charges, Kelly approached Tysheen Coakley, 21, and two other individuals at approximately 5:28 p.m. on May 27, 2012, at the intersection of 110th Avenue and 160th Street and fired in the direction of the three individuals, hitting Coakley in the chest and causing his demise. It is additionally alleged that Guillebeaux assisted Kelly in carrying out the murder by driving him to and from the crime scene.
It is further alleged that Kelly violated a legal order of protection that had been previously filed against him when, between June 1, 2011, and September 30, 2011, he intentionally placed Coakley in reasonable fear of physical injury or death by making a third-party threat to kill Coakley to another individual. Finally, it is alleged that, between July 19, 2012, and August 6, 2012, Kelly tampered with a witness who either was about to be called as a witness or had been called as a witness in a criminal proceeding by wrongfully compelling the witness to swear falsely to an affidavit by instilling in the witness a fear that Kelly would cause physical injury to the witness.
At the time of his arrest on the morning of May 30, 2012, police allegedly found Kelly in his closet. On a shelf inside the closet was allegedly a loaded two-shot derringer pistol.