Updated: August 04, 2022 05:13 AM
Created: August 02, 2022 05:06 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — District Attorney Sandra Doorley announced that the grand jury has indicted Kelvin Vickers, the man accused of killing a Rochester police officer, with 8 charges.
The most severe charge is aggravated murder, for the fatal shooting of Officer Tony Mazurkiewicz. The charge carries a sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted. Doorley said the charge alleges that Vickers knew that he was ambushing police officers.
"The allegation is that the defendant knew or reasonably should have known that the individual was a police officer at the time of his actions," Doorley said.
Vickers is also charged with two counts of assault for the shooting of Officer Sino Seng and 15-year-old Tamaia Walker during an ambush on July 21.
Here is the list of charges:
The arraignment for Vickers will be next Wednesday, August 10 at 9:30 a.m. in front of Judge Julie Hahn. Both Hahn’s chambers and the court clerk's office confirm the date and time.
Doorley announced the grand jury's decision at a press conference on Wednesday. RPD Chief David Smith, Mayor Malik Evans, and County Executive Adam Bello also attended.
Mayor Malik Evans thanked the police who have continued to do their job despite the murder of Officer Mazurkiewicz.
"This is not only a nightmare for them and the Mazurkiewicz family but it's a nightmare for our city. But the way we drive out darkness is to bring in more light and the way to bring light is by making sure we have justice," he said.
Kelvin Vickers is 21 years old and was born and raised near Boston. He just got out of a maximum security prison in Massachusetts on May 24. He was not on parole or supervised after he was released.
He's been in the Monroe County Jail for two weeks and he hasn't had one visitor. News10NBC's Berkeley Brean asked 'what is he doing here?'
Doorley: "I can tell you that I believe he was released from the Boston (Massachusetts) department of corrections on May 24th, 2022 and he ended up here in Rochester."
Brean: "And I think the public wants to know why."
Doorley: "And I'm not going to comment on that further Berkeley. But he's not a Rochester resident. He was just released from prison. He was here and now he is accused of killing a police officer."
Police said Vickers was 12 years old when he faced charges of assault and battery on an officer. Before his 18th birthday, he would be charged with burglary-related offenses, strangulation with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, and two separate possession of firearms offenses. When he was 18 he was convicted of possessing an unlicensed firearm.
Press conference for charges against Kelvin Vickers
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