Co-defendants in 2019 murder case scheduled for separate August settings


Two co-defendants accused in a November 2019 murder at a west Manhattan apartment complex will appear in separate settings later this summer.

At a status hearing Monday, Shamar Sutton’s attorney Jeff Adam informed Judge Grant Bannister that they are awaiting a jury trial for Sutton’s co-defendant Richard Goens, before entering into any plea agreement. Sutton is one of three men charged in the first-degree murder of Tanner Zamecnik Nov. 1, 2019.

He additionally faces charges of attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a firearm.

Goens had been set for trial last month, but Judge Bannister confirmed Monday that trial setting has been pushed back to Aug. 16 through Aug. 24. As a result, Bannister set a plea hering in Sutton’s case to Aug. 30.

The third co-defendant, Jaylon Hitsman, is scheduled for a plea hearing Thursday. His brother Dylan was sentenced in March to 24 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge.


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