WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The four men charged with fatally shooting 23-year-old Yonkers resident and Oakland Athletics baseball prospect Michael Nolan all pleaded not guilty on multiple charges in Westchester County Court on Thursday.
Bronx natives Nashaun Hunter, Darren Dawson and Tejmitra Singh and Mount Vernon resident Garth O’Neil Cole all were charged Wednesay for their alleged roles in the hit-and run shooting of Nolan, who was outside of a fast food restaurant.
Shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 18 last year, Nolan was standing outside of his Mercedes outside at the Burger King on Central Park Avenue when six shots rang out of the Toyota Camry being driven by the four defendants, with one of the bullets hitting Nolan in the head.
Nolan was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where he was put into a coma before being declared dead on Oct. 9.
The Yonkers Police Department and Westchester County District Attorney’s office launched an investigation that determined that the shooting was “in retaliation for the beating of an individual known to the suspects and related to events that took place during a drag race two nights prior.”
Hunter has been charged with felony counts of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. The other three defendants are each charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
“The allegations in the indictment are frightening,” acting Westchester County District Attorney James McCarty stated. “It’s alleged that Nashaun Hunter aided and abetted by Garth O’Neil Cole, Darren Dawnson and Tejmitra Singh piled into a car and drove to a fast food restaurant at which point the car they were in slowed so that Hunter could fire six shots and kill Michael Nolan, an innocent young man with a promising future.”
Hunter faces life in prison for the murder charge, while the rest face a maximum sentence of 15 years for the weapons charges.
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