Queens DA: Woman charged with murder after mowing down boyfriend

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A Queens woman chased down her fleeing boyfriend in her car, killing him when she hit him and pinned him against a brick wall, Queens prosecutors said Wednesday.

Dunasha Payne, 21, of 119-26 221st St. in Cambria Heights, was arraigned Tuesday before Queens Criminal Court Judge John Zoll on charges of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said.

Payne faces 25 years to life in prison, if convicted. She was remanded on $250,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court Friday.

Brown called the slaying a story with no winners. "A young man with his whole life ahead of him has been mowed down in the streets, allegedly by his girlfriend," Brown said in a news release.

Payne's attorney, Eugene Levy, said his client is "not guilty of intentionally killing" Kaman Drummond, 26, of Rosedale.

Levy said Drummond had physically abused Payne before and, on the night of his death, smashed out her car windows with a metal pipe. "He followed her to a friend's apartment and also threatened to kill her," Levy said.

A spokeswoman for Brown's office, citing the case against Payne an ongoing investigation, said prosecutors would not comment on Levy's allegations.

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According to the criminal complaint, Drummond was running away from Payne, who was driving her 1994 Honda Accord, just before midnight on Monday.

She pursued him for several blocks before eventually striking him with her car and "pinning him against a brick pillar, thereby causing his death," the complaint said.

Levy said Payne works as an aide at a senior-citizen center and had attended Hofstra University.

Payne was a student at Hofstra for one semester, in the fall of 2010, the university said.

With Candice Ferrette

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