Visual account of events here: Occupy the Courthouse #2 Justice for Islan Nettles Protest
“As the Court is aware, the defendant was originally arrested in this case on a charge of misdemeanor assault. Several days after the arrest, the victim died from her injuries. Since that time, we have been aggressively investigating the crime as a homicide.
For the reasons referenced in court on the prior two dates, however, the case has turned out to be a uniquely complex one, and we are not yet prepared to go to the grand jury. However we continue to actively investigate this case in the hopes of ultimately holding the person responsible for this crime accountable. Today, we concede that eh speedy trial time has run with only with regards to the misdemeanor with which the defendant is charged – and thus the case must be dismissed. It should be emphasized, however, that the crime we are investigating, homicide, has no statutory speedy-trial deadline. Therefore, should our ongoing investigation ultimately result in an indictment of Mr. Wilson for homicide, the case would be promptly restored to the calendar and would move forward, notwithstanding today’s dismissal of the misdemeanor charge.”
- Tomorrow Islan Nettles alleged murderer “Paris Wilson” is back in court. Join us! Trans Lives Matter!! (transbipoliticalnyc.wordpress.com)
- Charges Dropped Against Suspect In Transgender Woman’s Death (ny1.com)
- Islan Nettles’ Murder and the Shameful (Non-)Response of LGBs (luzsdaughtercares.wordpress.com)
- Charge Is Dropped in Beating Death in Harlem (nytimes.com)