Five indicted on charges in connection to DeWitt Chili's double homicide
DEWITT, N.Y. —
Five people facing charges in connection to the DeWitt Chili's double homicide have been indicted by a grand jury.
William Wood Jr., Ronald Green, Tracy Brown, Ryan Brown, and Jerome Pinkard were charged back in September for the deaths of Kristopher Hicks and Stephen Gudknecht who were killed during a robbery at the Chili's in DeWitt on Erie Boulevard East.
The first suspect, 32-year-old Wood, was indicted on the following charges:
- Two counts of murder in the first degree
- Four counts of Murder in the second degree
- Attempted murder in the second degree
- Two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
47-year-old Green, who was allegedly the getaway driver, was indicted on two counts of murder in the second degree, robbery in the first degree, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Tracey Brown, 57, who allegedly provided the gun used in the murders in exchange for money was indicted on two counts of murder in the second degree, one count of robbery in the first, and criminal possession of a weapon.
Ryan Brown, Tracey Brown's son, was indicted on hindering the prosecution.
Pinkard, who officials say gave Tracey Brown the gun she provided to Wood, was indicted on criminal sale of a firearm in the third degree.
Back in September, DeWitt Police Chief John Alton said police arrived at the scene two minutes after the 911 call, which was placed by a woman named Jessica, who is an employee there. She told police that two of her coworkers had been shot during a robbery.
She told police the gunman corralled them into an office, and that's where the shootings took place.
Investigators said one was dead on the scene. The other was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he later died.
The Onondaga County District Attorney said that Wood intended to kill four employees he met with.