Queens man held without bail in Hempstead fatal shooting

William Flowers, 31, of Rosedale, will be arraigned

William Flowers, 31, of Rosedale, will be arraigned on a second-degree murder charge in First District Court in Hempstead in the killing of James Warren, 29, of Hempstead, police said. (Feb. 20, 2013) (Credit: NCPD)

A Queens man was ordered held without bail Thursday on a charge he fatally gunned down a Hempstead man last month.

Judge Terence Murphy told William Flowers, 31, of 149-88 255th St., Rosedale, in First District Court in Hempstead that a lawyer would be appointed to represent him at his next court appearance on Feb. 25 because the Legal Aid Society does not represent clients in murder cases.

Police said Flowers killed James Warren, 29, of Hempstead.


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Homicide Det. Lt. John Azzata, said Wednesday Flowers was arrested last week in Warwick, R.I., by local police and Nassau detectives.

After waiving extradition, Flowers was brought back to Nassau Wednesday to face the charges, he said.

"We started looking for him and that's where we found him," Azzata said. "He was working in Warwick, R.I. The company he was working for sent him there."

The arrest was made without incident in the hotel where Flowers was staying, Azzata said.

On Jan. 30, Hempstead police responded to a call of shots fired at the rear of 600 Fulton Ave. about 6 p.m. and found Warren "lying on the sidewalk," police said in a news release at the time.

Warren was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, police said, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Police did not give out any information regarding any possible relationship between the two men or a possible motive for the killing.

With Gary Dymski

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