LOCKPORT – Identical twin brothers have been charged with the Aug. 22 killing of a Niagara Falls man.
Deon K. McTyere, 22, of Ninth Street, Niagara Falls, was arrested at 7:30 a.m. Monday at his girlfriend’s apartment in the 2700 block of Monroe Avenue in the Falls, and was brought to Niagara County Court in Lockport, where he pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Judge Sara Sheldon ordered him held without bail.
His brother, Keon D. McTyere, indicted on the same charges, is at large, but Falls police issued a news release saying they expected him to turn himself in Tuesday, based on contact with family members.
In the meantime, the public should consider Keon McTyere armed and dangerous, police said, and any information about his whereabouts should be phoned in to the Detective Bureau at 286-4553.
Fajri J. Hilson, 31, was shot 10 times as he sat in a car outside Max’s Lounge, a bar owned by the suspects’ father, at about 1:45 a.m. Aug. 22.
The brothers are accused of walking up to the car and shooting Hilson at close range, with one gunman on each side of the car, police said in a news release. The shooters then ran away, while Hilson’s friend drove him in the same car in which he had been shot to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Hilson’s mother, Sheila Hilson, doubled over with pain as Deon McTyere was brought past her in the hallway outside Sheldon’s courtroom.
“I just never came face to face with my son’s killer before,” she explained.
She snapped at McTyere, “You’re a murderer. You’re gonna hang for this.” She said McTyere “smirked” at her in response.
Sheila Hilson said she’d never seen McTyere before and didn’t know what the reason for the shooting might have been.
Niagara Falls Detective Lt. John Conti said police established that Fajri Hilson knew the McTyere brothers. Officer Kelly Rizzo said of the brothers, “They are known to us. Their history is mostly drug offenses.”
Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell told Sheldon that Deon McTyere has been arrested five times before, and three of the five cases involved some form of resisting arrest. Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Deon never has been charged with a felony before, and was arrested without incident.
As for the motive, Conti said, “We’ve gotten different versions, people’s theories, but nothing we could call concrete.”
At the time of his death, Fajri Hilson was under indictment on a robbery charge for allegedly grabbing another driver’s cellphone after an auto accident.
Although police said at the time of the killing that they had received little cooperation from any of the 50 to 100 people who were reportedly near the shooting scene, Sheila Hilson said Monday that witnesses had told her on the first day who the killers were.
Falls police said they worked with the District Attorney’s Office to nail down the evidence. Conti said, “We came up with enough information to present to a grand jury. Then the grand jury voted to indict them.” Arrest warrants for the McTyere brothers then were issued last week.
This is the second murder case in recent years in Niagara Falls involving identical twins. In 2010, Edward E. Nickens was accused of the shooting death of Joshua Hayes of Niagara Falls. Police considered charging Nickens’ identical twin, Raymond C. Nickens, with the killing but finally concluded that Raymond wasn’t involved. In April 2011, a County Court jury deliberated for three days before acquitting Edward.
News Niagara Reporter Nancy A. Fischer contributed to this report. email: firstname.lastname@example.org