STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.— The attorney for a 22-year-old man charged in the recent stabbing death of his roommate says his client has defensive wounds on his hands, which indicate he wasn’t the aggressor.
“It’s an extremely unusual case in that all the participants were friends,” said defense attorney Mark Fonte. “I’m still attempting to determine what caused the violent outburst by the deceased.”
Ayomide Shodiya, of the 2100 block of Richmond Terrace in Port Richmond, was arraigned Monday in Richmond County Criminal Court on charges that include second-degree murder, first-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.
Court records cite a third male who also was somehow involved in the melee and sustained a slash wound to the bicep.
A criminal court judge remanded Shodiya without bail, with an upcoming court date likely to be held by the end of this week.
Neighbors said Shodiya lived with the victim, a 23-year-old male, in an apartment on the upper floor of the multi-family structure.
One resident said he saw Shodiya and the victim walking and talking together along Richmond Terrace on Saturday night, followed moments later by a man shouting, “help, help!”
When police arrived at the scene, Shodiya allegedly barricaded himself inside the apartment as the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit and a police helicopter were dispatched to the area. He ultimately turned himself over to police, and authorities say a knife was recovered at the scene.
Hours after the incident, a large amount of blood stained the concrete in front of the home, as a woman who identified herself as the landlord — and appeared shaken by the incident — was consoled by others.
Police responded July 5 to the multi-family home for multiple noise complaints, but otherwise there are “no other significant calls to report,” a law enforcement source said Sunday.