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Update 12:00PM ET: Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill, today (December 14) announced that a Queens County grand jury has returned a five-count indictment charging two Long Island men with the fatal May 2015 shooting of rapper Chinx.
The District Attorney identified the defendants as Jamar Hill, 26, of Valley Stream, and Quincy Homere, 32, of Baldwin. The two defendants are presently awaiting arraignment before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth J. Holder on a five-count indictment charging them with one count each of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, they each face up to 25 years to life in prison.
Hill and Homere were already behind bars on unrelated charges when they were booked in the May 2015 murder. According to NY Daily News, at the time of the murder, Hill was out on bail in connection to a July 2014 armed robbery case in Queens. He was among three men who held up a victim with a shotgun and robbed him of his case and cell phone. Homere, meanwhile, was previously charged with robbing a Long Island bank on Nov. 9, 2015.
If convicted on the murder charges of Pickens, Hill and Homere can each face up to 25 years to life in prison.
A suspect has been apprehended in the 2015 murder of rapper Chinx.
According to a new report from Fox 5 NY's Lisa Evers, NYPD arrested a man in connection to the 2015 shooting death of the Far Rockaway-bred rapper.
#breakingnews #EversExclusive video (credit required) Suspect arrested in 2015 murder of rapper @ChinxMusic S/o to the @NYPDDetectives #NYPD Queens South Homicide who never gave up! @fox5ny #fox5ny @HOT97 #hot97 pic.twitter.com/Yll8rrhcrZ— Lisa Evers (@LisaEvers) December 14, 2017
As details continue to develop, it has been reported that Quincy Homere, 32, of Long Island, was arrested and faces charges of murder, attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the May 17, 2015, shooting.
Chinx, born Lionel Pickens, was shot and killed in the Briarwood section of Queens, New York on May 17, 2015. The 31-year-old rapper was returning from a show gig when he was riddled with bullets inside his Porsche Panamera, which also included another victim who survived his gunshot wounds. The shooting became another fatality in a long line of unsolved hip-hop murders that sent shockwaves throughout the community.
Pickens was shot multiple times in the torso and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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