Man Convicted of Killing Fellow Cabbie Over Fare


A Queens man was convicted Friday of killing a fellow taxi driver in Franklin Square following an argument over a disputed cab fare last year.

A Nassau County jury found Christopher Heron guilty of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Prosecutors said the 37-year-old Springfield Gardens man stabbed William Mena, 33, of Queens, three times in the chest and abdomen just after midnight on Aug. 12, 2011.


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Both men were cab drivers for Ollie’s Taxi and had been arguing about an incident a few hours earlier when Heron accused the victim of stealing a fare that had been assigned to him.

Mena was pronounced dead at the scene. Heron fled in his cab but turned himself in later that night.

The murder was recorded by a nearby video surveillance camera.

Heron faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 20.

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