The alleged Bloods gang member charged in a decade-old gang-related slaying of a North Bellport teenager shot while leaving an anti-crime rally refused to show up at his arraignment Monday because he first wanted to speak to his attorney, officials said.
Trendell Walker, 29, of Patchogue, currently being held in a federal detention center in Brooklyn on assault charges from a 2016 shooting, was charged Friday with murder in the 2007 slaying of Alvin Brothers, 15.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Caffarone told U.S. District Judge Sandra Feuerstein inside a 10th floor courtroom where Walker’s arraignment was supposed to take place Monday morning that he “apparently refused to come out” of his cell.
Feuerstein replied: “He refused to come see me? I’m so disappointed.”
Walker’s defense attorney, Terrence Buckley of Islandia, said he received a voicemail from one of his client’s relatives stating that Walker wanted to speak to him about the new charge.
While a judge can issue a “force order” giving the U.S. Marshals Service the ability to use physical force to get a defendant to court, neither the government attorney nor defense attorney requested it.
Feuerstein re-scheduled Walker’s arraignment for Dec. 12..
Brothers was shot shortly before midnight on Aug. 7, 2007, as he was leaving a “Night Out Against Crime”rally at a local park with five or six other young people. The youths had exchanged words with an unidentified man in a silver four-door vehicle shortly before the shooting, authorities said.
Police said the man returned and in a drive-by attack fired 10 shots at the group, striking Brothers twice in the back. The shooting was eight blocks from the victim’s home.
The nature of the original verbal exchange was not explained by authorities.
Walker, who investigators say is known by the street name “Live Wire,” has been in jail since 2016 awaiting trial on federal charges of assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with a May 27, 2016, shooting of a person identified in court papers only as John Doe, authorities said.
A number of charges related to the distribution of cocaine, heroin and PCP, and the use of a firearm in drug distribution, are also pending against Walker, according to court records.
The circumstances of the John Doe shooting were not detailed in the indictment.
Relatives of Brothers attended the brief hearing, but declined to comment to reporters.