The Bronx District Attorney’s Office announced this afternoon that Rondell “Spyder” Pinkerton has been formally charged with murder in the shooting death of a 4-year-old boy.
In addition to the second-degree murder charge, Pinkerton also has been charged with one count of first-degree assault, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon for the July 22, gun battle that claimed the life of 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan.
Pinkerton, 17, admitted to police last week that he fired shots during a charity
basketball tournament at the Forest Houses project in Morrisania, one of which is suspected to have hit Morgan,
killing the boy.
Authorities say at least 13 rounds were fired
from either side of the basketball court and adjacent playground during the
brief shootout. One of the rounds hit Morgan in the head as he stood
with his mother near the playground.
Another man, 26-year-old Courtney Kelly — who was wounded in the shootout — was arrested on weapons charges. Kelly remains hospitalized
A 21-year-old man also was wounded in the shootout.
It’s unclear what led police to Pinkerton and Kelly. However, following
the deadly shootout, Morgan’s mother, Shianne Norman, pleaded for
someone to come
forward, telling reporters
“I know that somebody knows something. There’s no snitching when it’s a 4-year-old boy.”
The shooting has led to some unlikely new supporters of the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
“I know it’s not too politically correct, but I am saying that I am
fully, fully, totally supporting stop-and-frisk,” State Senator Ruben
Diaz Sr. said last week.
Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson also has apparently changed his tune about the controversial policy.
“After (Sunday) night, I’ve changed my mind,” Stevenson says. “I know that we should look at the stop-and-frisk, but
in a reformed way, with new criteria.”
Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson says another man, 19-year-old
Ronald Jeffrey, also faces a murder charge, pending further action by
the grand jury.
If convicted, Pinkerton faces up to 25 years to life in prison.