Albany homicide court proceedings take weird turn | WNYT.com

Albany homicide court proceedings take weird turn

Paulina Bucka
Updated: May 27, 2021 08:05 AM
Created: May 26, 2021 01:57 PM

A Colonie man accused of killing an Albany man in a shooting last Friday appeared in court on Wednesday.

Things took a very weird turn in virtual court.

The judge let 33-year-old Natural Wise Joseph take time to speak to his attorney. When he came back from that phone call, he insisted Natural Joseph is not his name, but a "strawman" name, and therefore refused to continue with the court proceeding.

Joseph is accused of killing 39-year-old Lashon Turner last Friday at a busy intersection near Central Avenue and Henry Johnson Boulevard.

He is facing charges of second-degree murder, a weapons charge and a controlled substance charge after police say they found cocaine on him during his arrest.

The judge accepted his not guilty plea from his attorney after Joseph was remanded to his cell based on his past felony records.

Proceedings went on virtually between the judge, defense attorney, and prosecutor.

Joseph is the second person arrested in connection with this shooting.

The Turner shooting is just the latest shooting in a string of gun violence plaguing the city.

Just Monday night, a 15-year-old girl, Destiny Greene, was also killed in gun violence.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins tells NewsChannel 13 they have at least two to three people in custody in relation to some of these shootings. He added his department has made significant progress.

Joseph is due back in court May 28.


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