Brooklyn Bridge Park killer convicted of murdering ex-girlfriend in 2016 shooting
After less than a full day of deliberations, a Brooklyn Supreme Court jury found a 55-year-old ex-con guilty of second-degree murder for fatally shooting his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend after she left work at Brooklyn Bridge Park, officials said Tuesday.
Lamont Wright was also convicted of weapon possession and stalking after the two-week trial that used circumstantial evidence to pin him to the June 6, 2016 death of Michelle Marks at Pier 6.
With a collection of audio recordings and messages between Wright and his ex-lover, prosecutors showed a relationship filled with abuse that left Wright threatening Marks when she found a new boyfriend.
“I swear to God, I will go to jail tonight and I’ll spend the rest of my days in a jail cell,” Wright could be heard on a voicemail to Marks when she wouldn’t let him into her apartment on May 15, 2016. “Next time you see me, don’t ask why, don’t ask no questions, just be prepared.”
When Marks was leaving her work at Fornino pizza in 2016, she saw Wright approaching her in the dark as she talked on the phone with her new boyfriend, Samuel Hall.
“Babe, he’s here. Call the police, he’s got a gun,” Marks told Hall over the phone.
Hall testified in trial that he heard who he identified as Wright in the background saying, “I just want to talk,” before the phone was hung up.
Wright then held the gun to Marks’ head and shot her while she was waiting for her B63 bus ride home. Her cigarette was found still clenched between her fingers when she died at the scene.
Wright continuously denied his involvement during two days of interrogation from the police, saying he was sleeping in his East Flatbush apartment that night. But locations of his cellphone pinned him to the same relative location as Marks about an hour before the shooting.
“This defendant terrorized a young woman in a campaign of harassment and threats until he shot her dead in cold blood,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in a statement. “It is heartbreaking that her life was cut short so senselessly and I’m grateful that, after a painstaking investigation, this killer has been held accountable.”
Wright faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on March 23 by Supreme Court Justice John Hecht.
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