People v. Skinner
probable cause hearing, Bronx criminal court, 2021.
Mr. Skinner was charged with murdering his father. Surveillance video showed a shadowy figure of unknown gender or race climbing up to the second floor of a two-story building and leaving through the front door a little while thereafter. He was also shown walking up a block, nonchalantly, shortly after the murder. He was not intoxicated and did not appear to have any weapon on him.
When the police arrived approximately an hour after the murder was discovered by a cousin the father was found shot to death execution style in the back of the head twice. He was found to be sitting at a desk. Until the police moved the body the death was attributed to drugs.
We argued that there was no connection between the shadowy figure seen on the surveillance video and the defendant walking up the block approximately two blocks from the scene of the crime. We also showed that defendant was unarmed. After my argument the judge dismissed the murder charges and released Mr. Skinner from Rikers. This is a very rare occurrence.
But, stay tuned. The prosecutor called me and said that Mr. Skinner had been indicted for murder! We’ll see what happens.