Uniondale man held on murder charges

Shawndale Latouche, 26, of Uniondale, is facing murder Shawndale Latouche, 26, of Uniondale, is facing murder charges in the February 2012 shooting in Hempstead that left one man dead, Nassau police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

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A 26-year-old Uniondale man accused of fatally shooting a man standing at a local corner last year was arrested and ordered held without bail Saturday.

At his arraignment on a second-degree murder charge, Shawndale Latouche, 26, of 640 George Ave., stood silently before a judge in First District Court in Hempstead. He was scheduled to return to court on Tuesday.

Nassau County police said they arrested Latouche without incident Friday outside his home.

According to detectives, the shooting occurred just before 6 a.m. Feb. 18, 2012, at Linden Avenue and Linden Place in Hempstead, just east of West Peninsula Boulevard in Uniondale.

Two male victims were at the intersection when they were shot by an unknown suspect. One of the victims, Michael Watts, 21, of Hempstead, was pronounced dead an hour later at the hospital. The second male victim was treated at the hospital.

About a dozen people who identified themselves as Watts' family members attended yesterday's hearing. They declined to comment.

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Reached by phone after the proceedings, a woman who identified herself as Orlanda Watts, mother of the slain man, said, "We're glad to know somebody is in custody."

She thanked Nassau police for their efforts and support. She declined to comment further.

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