Accused Killer of Teen Girl Arraigned in Bronx


A Bronx man pleaded not guilty to charges of second degree manslaughter on Thursday in Bronx Supreme Court in connection with the death of a 16-year-old girl.

“I didn’t do nothing,” 42-year-old Dale Weston told the judge after a private discussion with his attorney. At 6 foot 3 inches tall, he towered over his counsel, as he held a thick, mass-market paperback in his cuffed hands.

In November he surrendered to the 44th precinct after a two-day manhunt.

The teen victim, Zion Willis, was staring down the barrel of Weston’s .40-caliber pistol when the gun went off, police said.
The sole witness to the shooting was Willis’ friend, who told officials that she was hanging out in her bedroom when Weston came in to show off the firearm.

When Weston’s girlfriend called him for dinner, he left the loaded gun with the girls, officials say. Moments later, Willis was dead.
After the incident, Weston disappeared with the gun. When he was arrested on the Saturday following the Thursday shooting, the gun remained missing, police say.

Weston, who has been arrested more than 20 times since 1990, faced trial on March 31st with bail set at $150,000.

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