Police arrest 5th person in connection to DeWitt Chili's double homicide

Jerome Pinkard, 29

Police say four additional arrests have been made in connection with this past weekend's double homicide at a Chili's restaurant in DeWitt.

On Thursday Morning, DeWitt Police announced the arrest of Jerome C. Pinkard, 29, of Syracuse.

Police say he was arrested Wednesday night, in connection with the double homicide.

An investigation determined that Pinkard gave the gun used in the homicide to Tracey Brown who in turn provided it to William Wood Jr. to commit the robbery of Chili’s.

Pinkard is being charged with criminal sale of a firearm third degree.

According to state records, Pinkard has been in and out of jail since 2009 and served almost three years for criminal possession of a deadly weapon. In 2014 he was charged for criminal sale of a controlled substance, but records say he was let out on parole in 2017.

He is being held pending without bail.

This comes after the arrests of 47-year-old Ronald Green, 53-year-old Tracey Brown, and her son, 30-year-old Ryan Brown.

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Two Chili's employees — Kristopher Hicks and Stephen Gudknecht — were shot at the Chili's Grill & Bar on Saturday morning.

According to DeWitt Police Chief John Alton, 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 people had been shot during a robbery.

She told police 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.

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The first suspect, 32-year-old William Wood Jr., was arrested Sunday morning around 1 a.m. at a residence in Fulton. He was charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and robbery in the first degree.

The Onondaga County District Attorney said on Monday that Wood intended to kill four employees he met with.

Chief Anton said the investigation is still very active and he would not be surprised if more arrests are made.

Wood is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 21.

Pinkard is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 25.

The restaurant re-opened to customers on Tuesday.

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