A parolee is facing a first-degree murder charge after authorities said ballistics evidence they developed after his arrest on a gun charge linked the weapon to a deadly carjacking attempt in Hempstead this summer.
Tayquan Clark, 22, of Roosevelt, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in an indictment that included a count of second-degree murder, along with robbery and weapon charges.
Authorities said that on July 5, Hempstead police officers answering a 911 call about gunshots on Princeton Street in Hempstead found local resident Shawn Boone, 26, fatally wounded in a late-model BMW.
Records show Clark, who was paroled in May, went to prison in 2012 after pleading guilty to an attempted robbery charge. That followed an arrest in which police had accused him of stabbing a man who had agreed to drive him to a Garden City train station before stealing the victim's Nissan and using his credit cards to buy liquor and sneakers.
The Nassau district attorney's office said the break in the investigation into Boone's killing came after Clark's July 26 arrest in Hempstead, when police responded to a report of Clark pointing a gun toward at least one person at a party.
Authorities said Clark ditched the Smith & Wesson revolver in bushes, but police soon caught him and found the gun, which had been reported stolen in 1971.
Ballistics testing and other evidence showed the gun was used in the July 5 encounter that left Boone dead, prosecutors said.
Clark, whom a judge ordered held without bail, is now facing a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty of the top count against him, according to authorities.
Clark's attorney, Stephen Kunken of Commack, said Wednesday marked the first time he had received information about the nature of the charges in the indictment and he would do a full investigation of the case as part of his client's defense.