The alleged ringleader Erskin Felix was hit with second-degree murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy charges in connection with the death of landlord Menachem Stark, who was kidnapped and whose body was found dumped and burned in a Great Neck, Long Island dumpster. He faces 25 years to life for the botched kidnapping and murder.
Represented in Brooklyn court Wednesday by attorney Mark Pollard, he entered a plea of “not guilty”. Pollard added that his client had spent the past three years battling cancer.
“My client has not been receiving adequate attention while incarcerated,” Pollard said, before revealing to the court his client had recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
These events all stemmed from money which was owed to Erskine and Kendel Felix who had done construction work for Stark.The duo grabbed Stark during a blizzard in January 2014 as he left his office Broadway and Rutledge Streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Erskin, 38, was previously charged with first degree-kidnapping and second-degree murder, while Kendel, 29, was charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.
Kendall–who was out on $200G bail– was also charged with second-degree conspiracy charges before Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Danny Chun, and remanded.
Irvine Henry was also indicted on second-degree conspiracy charges before Judge Chun, and held without bail.
They both pleaded “not guilty” and face up to 25 years in jail if found guilty.
Kendall’s defense attorney Gilbert Parris argued that his client, who works with children, is a “falsely accused, innocent person.” He also suggested that Kendel Felix, who is still awaiting sentencing, might be attempting to make a deal with prosecutors by pointing the finger at his client, Kendall Felix.
The Stark and Felix families packed the courtroom on Wednesday for the arraignment, sitting on opposite sides and avoiding eye contact.