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Defendant: Negus Kirton (DOB 05/27/83)

Nov. 12, 2020 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Negus Kirton of Mount Vernon was indicted in the May shooting death of Michael Toro. He was arraigned in Westchester County Court before Judge George Fufidio where he pleaded not guilty.

Specifically, he is charged with:

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

Bail had previously been set at $250,000 cash, $500,000 bond or $1.5 million partially secured bond. He will return to court Nov. 25, 2020.

Background
Just after 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Mount Vernon Police received calls for shots fired in the area of Darling and Claremont avenues in Mount Vernon. Upon arrival, Mount Vernon Police observed the victim, 21-year-old Michael Toro, unconscious with apparent gunshot wounds to the head, back and arm. Toro was pronounced dead on scene.

After a full investigation, Mount Vernon Police arrested Negus Kirton Oct. 2, 2020. The two men were known each other.

 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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