Two Westchester men have been indicted in the drug-related killing of a Bronx man earlier this year, officials said Wednesday.
Daniel Forte, 26, of Cortlandt Manor, and Enrique Ansell, 26, of Sleepy Hollow, were both charged with murder, along with other felonies, after they tried to steal nearly a pound of marijuana in a drug deal that spiraled out of control, according to a news release from the Westchester County district attorney's office.
The deal began around 8 p.m. Jan. 26 in the area of Oak and Warren avenues in Greenburgh when Kujtim Rushiti, 20, of the Bronx, along with three others, met Forte and Ansell for a drug deal, the release said. When several men walked toward the front stoop of 172 Warren Ave., ostensibly to go inside and weigh the drugs, Forte allegedly whipped out a handgun and struck one of the dealers, sending him to the ground.
As Rushiti went to his friend's aid, he was shot in the neck by Forte, the release said.
Rushiti's friends dragged him into their car and took him to Westchester Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
A spokesman for the district attorney's office said Forte and Ansell were arrested in the ensuing months, though he declined to say when they were taken into custody. The eight-count indictment against Forte was unsealed Wednesday, the same day that Ansell was arraigned on a five-count indictment.
Forte was charged with one count of murder in the first degree, two counts of murder in the second degree, two counts of robbery in the first degree, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of robbery in the second degree, all felonies, the release said.
Ansell, meanwhile, was charged with one count of murder in the second degree, two counts of robbery in the first degree, one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of robbery in the second degree.
Forte faces up to life in prison, and Ansell faces 25 years to life in prison, the release added. Their next court date is scheduled for June 11.
It was not immediately clear whether the two men have attorneys. A home phone number for Ansell could not be immediately located, and a message left at what's believed to be Forte's Cortlandt Manor residence was not immediately returned.
Both men are being held without bail in the Westchester County Jail.