Teen pleads not guilty to murder charges

December 13, 2018 06:22 PM

A Rochester teen facing murder charges stood before a judge Thursday.

News10NBC had a camera inside the courtroom when 17-year-old Kyrell Gilroy pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. 

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Police say Gilroy shot and killed 24-year-old Markwaun Williams and 26-year-old Justin Siler back in September on Wilkins Street. He was arrested back in November and police say he confessed to the crimes.

Gilroy's attorney says things have been tough for him in the Monroe County Jail. Gilroy had a black eye in the courtroom; his attorney says he has been attacked by older inmates.

Williams' grandmother said she is hopeful Gilroy will get the punishment he deserves.

"I'm just thankful that he's been caught," Beverly Mitchell said. "I feel sorry for the families, but I'm here today because I know justice is getting ready to be served."

"He's a 17-year-old and this is a very difficult case for both sides," defense attorney Avik Ganguly said. "It's a tragic case and we'll be working to make sure he's defended throughout."

If convicted, prosecutors tell News10NBC, Gilroy could face 25 to life for each murder charge and consecutive time for the weapons charges. 

"The allegations are that he murdered two people," assistant district attorney Greg Clark said. "While his age is something that may come up during the trial, I think his conduct is what the issue here."

Because of the severity of his charges, Gilroy is being held without bail. 

Gilroy is due back in court March 4 with the trial scheduled to start April 23. 


Kaci Jones

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