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Jury deliberations continue in trial of accused child stabber

April 10, 2018 By Paul Frangipane Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Daniel St. Hubert faces up to 50 years in prison if the jury finds him guilty. Eagle file photo by Paul Frangipane
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The first set of testimony read backs a Brooklyn Supreme Court jury requested in their deliberations of a man accused of repeatedly stabbing two young children highlighted contradiction that jurors are faced with.

Two weeks of testimony recollected the day Daniel St. Hubert, 30, allegedly followed Mikayla Capers, then 7 years old, and P.J. Avitto, six, into a public housing elevator and stabbed them 27 times on June 1, 2014.

Because there were no surveillance cameras watching the crime at East New York’s Boulevard Houses, the jury has to depend on witness testimony to understand the events.

Capers’ testimony reminded jurors that she said she saw a “mysterious man” already inside of the building at 845 Schenck Ave. when she and Avitto went inside. She told defense attorney Howard Greenberg that the man was leaning on the building mailboxes with his hand behind his back before he followed the kids into the elevator.

Assistant District Attorney Patrick O’Connor said in opening arguments however, that St. Hubert followed the kids inside the building.

The court reporter then read witness Shameka Hampton’s testimony, saying she saw the children walking toward the building with a man following behind. She did not see any of them enter the building.

St. Hubert was tied to the crime when the steak knife covered in the children’s blood and his DNA was found in the area. After he was arrested on June 5, 2014, a knife set matching it with missing knives was found in the homeless shelter he was living in.

The jury will decide if St. Hubert is guilty of second-degree murder, attempted murder or assault and weapon possession. He faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted.

Deliberations, which began on Monday, continued into Tuesday afternoon.


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