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Crime & Cases November 16, 2012  RSS feed

More Charges For Alleged Killer Of Robbery Witness

Gunned Down Victim In So. Jamaica

A Queens County grand jury has included a first-degree murder charge in its indictment of a 21-year-old Arverne man accused of fatally shooting a witness in South Jamaica six months ago who had testified against him in an earlier robbery case.

Additionally, a 21-year-old Rosedale woman was 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.

The two defendants were identified by Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown as Shytique Kelly, 21, of Beach 58th Street in Arverne and Jazmin Guillebeaux, 21, of Huxley Street in Rosedale.

Kelly was arraigned on Tuesday, Nov. 13, on an eleven-count indictment before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter and ordered held without bail. He 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 was previously arraigned on Oct. 31 on charges of second degree murder, second-degree criminal facilitation, and first-degree hindering prosecution and remains held without bail.

Kelly, who until Tuesday had been held in jail in lieu of $250,000 bail since his arrest on May 30, 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. Their next court date is scheduled for Jan. 29, 2013.

“[Kelly’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,” Brown said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

According to the criminal charges, Kelly approached Tysheen Coakley, 21, and two other individuals at approximately 5:28 p.m. on May 27 at the intersection of 110th Avenue and 160th Street in South Jamaica 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.

Reportedly, Kelly violated a legal order of protection that had been previously filed against him when, between June 1 and Sept. 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 and Aug. 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, police allegedly found Kelly in his closet. On a shelf inside the closet was allegedly a loaded two-shot derringer pistol.

The investigation was conducted by detectives assigned to the 103rd Precinct Detective Squad, with assistance from Assistant District Attorney Patricia A. Diaz of District Attorney Brown’s Homicide Investigations Bureau.

Assistant District Attorney Karen L. Ross of the District Attorney’s Homicide Trials Bureau presented the case to the grand jury and is prosecuting the case under the supervision Assistant District Attorneys Brad A. Leventhal, Homicides Trials bureau chief, and Jack Warsawsky, deputy bureau chief, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Charles A. Testagrossa and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Daniel A. Saunders.

It was noted that an indictment is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.