N. Valley Stream man cleared of murder charges
A 21-year-old North Valley Stream man has been cleared of murder charges.
A jury acquitted Pedro Merchant in the shooting death of Dante Quinones, 17, of Hempstead, two years ago.
A key prosecution witness had told the jury he could not remember what happened that day, according to Newsday.
News 12 was there when Merchant was first arraigned, and a courthouse brawl broke out between the two families, injuring 11 court officers.