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Defendants: Brandon Williams (DOB 08/08/94); Jahliv Niles (DOB 08/06/01); Akeem Palmer (DOB 10/04/96); Eric Greer (DOB 03/13/67)

Aug. 17, 2020 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced several indictments on recent homicides have been handed up by a Westchester County Grand Jury, the first empaneled since the coronavirus pandemic curtailed court schedules in March.

DA Scarpino said, “The unique challenges brought on by COVID-19 have made investigating and prosecuting crimes more difficult. I commend our staff including our assistant district attorneys and all our support personnel for the work they have done to bring these cases to the grand jury. In addition, I want to thank the grand jurors who have taken their civic duty seriously and responsibly voted on these charges. It takes all of us, along with law enforcement agencies, to work toward keeping Westchester safe.”

The four defendants were arraigned today following indictments for unrelated murders, which have taken place in the county in the last few months. All four appeared before Westchester County Court Judge Susan Cacace via video conferences. Charges against the defendants are outlined below.

Jahliv Niles of Peekskill is charged in the death of Omarion McKenzie in Peekskill, March 27, 2020:

  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a misdemeanor

He was remanded into custody. Next court is scheduled for Nov. 17, 2020.
Assistant District Attorneys Brian Bendish, and Laura Murphy, Chief of the Career Criminal Bureau, both of the Superior Court Trial Division, are prosecuting the case.

Eric Greer of Manhattan is charged in the death of Mark Anthony Payton in Yonkers, April 8, 2020:

  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony

He was remanded into custody. Next court date is scheduled for Aug. 31, 2020.
Assistant District Attorneys Christine O’Connor, Chief of the Homicide Division, and Jonathan Strongin, Deputy Chief of the Career Criminal Bureau, both of the Supreme Court Trial Division, are prosecuting the case.

Akeem Palmer of Mount Vernon is charged in the death of Ryan Solomon in Mount Vernon, April 26, 2020:

  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony
  • Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class B felony
  • Three Counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony
  • Menacing in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor

He was remanded into custody. Next court date is scheduled for Aug. 31, 2020.
Assistant District Attorneys Lana Hochheiser, Deputy Chief of the Homicide Bureau, and Daniel Davis, both of the Superior Court Trial Division, are prosecuting the case.

Brandon Williams of White Plains is charged in the death of Deron Strange in White Plains, May 27, 2020:

  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony
  • Two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony

He was remanded into custody. Next court date is scheduled for Sept. 2, 2020.

Assistant District Attorneys Michelle Lopez, Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau, and Marissa Morra-Wynn, both of the Superior Court Trial Division, are prosecuting the case.

 In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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