Soon after a North Amityville man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in one shooting death, attorneys for two men convicted in an unrelated killing five years ago wondered why he was never charged in that case.
Jakyma Bunn, 38, pleaded not guilty in Riverhead to an indictment charging him with killing Louis Wilson, 44, and shooting and injuring Wilson's two brothers during a street fight in North Amityville on May 30. Wilson, 44, of Kansas City, Mo., had returned to the area to visit family members.
State Supreme Court Justice William Condon ordered Bunn held without bail after Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Raphael Pearl detailed Bunn's extensive criminal history and "no employment history that we're aware of."
Bunn's name was mentioned regularly during the recent trial of Shawn Lawrence, 42, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of James Terry, 44, who was shot Jan. 12, 2010. Lawrence and co-defendant Allen McGhee, who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, were the only two people charged in Terry's death, although surveillance video and witnesses indicated four people took part in the North Amityville attack. Witnesses told police that Bunn was one of those people.
McGhee's attorney, Craig McElwee, said his client was curious why Bunn wasn't charged in Terry's death. "He asked if they [the uncharged men] were snitches," McElwee said.
Lawrence's attorney, Joseph Hanshe, said Bunn's alleged involvement in the 2010 killing will be part of a post-trial motion to set aside his client's conviction. "We're still looking into that," he said. "We want the case opened up again."
Pearl, who did not prosecute Lawrence or McGhee, said he had not been aware of Bunn's possible involvement in the Terry case. But one of Wilson's cousins, Anita Rickenbacker, said she had heard about that and other examples of Bunn's misdeeds. "He's known as an adult bully," she said. "It's unfortunate that the police and prosecutors haven't been able to take him off the street. He's a menace in our community. "
Bunn's attorney, Daniel Russo, said it was clear there was some long-standing argument between Bunn and the Wilson brothers. He said he didn't believe Bunn was involved in the Terry shooting.
Wilson's wife, Tanya Wilson, said her husband's killing robbed her and the community of a good man. "He was a coach, a mentor," she said. "When you met Louis, you met a friend for life." His mother, Joyce Wilson, pleaded with North Amityville residents to stop shooting each other. "I have no bitterness, I just wish they'd stop this killing. Two families are hurting," she said.