SOUTH HEMPSTEAD, Long Island, N.Y. — A 33-year-old man was in the custody of Nassau County Police after being extradited from Philadelphia to Long Island. The man will face second-degree murder charges after running over a 59-year-old man back in January of 2019. The gas station attendant tried to stop the man from leaving the station after refusing to pay $22.00 worth of gasoline. ABC 7 NY reported that the judge set $500,000.00 bond or $200,000.00 cash bail upon the defendant’s initial appearance in a Nassau County court on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The defendant pleaded innocent to the charges.
The defendant faces three counts of second-degree murder, larceny charges, and leaving the scene charges as well for the incident that happened at a South Hempstead gas station. The gas station later turned into a gruesome crime scene, is located on Grand Avenue in South Hempstead. Nassau police and the district attorney said that the 59-year-old man who died was an auto mechanic who worked at the station on Grand Avenue. The victim tried to help the gas station attendant stop the defendant after the defendant attempted to drive away from the station because the driver did not pay for gas. The driver ran down the 59-year-old man and took off from the scene.
The driver turned himself in to Philadelphia police in January of 2019 after driving to Avondale, Pennsylvania in a sports utility vehicle with no plates. Tipsters provided information to the police. The defendant fought extradition to Long Island since his apprehension.
The accused’s Long Island attorney said his client denies the allegations against him. The attorney said that his client was acting in self-defense because of the altercation with the attendant. Additionally, the lawyer added, his client did not know he hit someone before leaving the area. This defendant, like all persons accused of crimes in the United States, is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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