North Amityville Man Charged With Murder


A North Amityville man has been arrested for shooting a 20-year-old man who died of his injuries four months later in New Cassel, Nassau County police said.

Melvin D. Smith III will be arraigned Friday on a charge of second-degree murder at First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said the 21-year-old suspect fired multiple shots from a handgun at a group of people gathered on Swalm Street on the night of Saturday, July 7.


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Joe Smithson of New Cassel, who was shot in his neck and chest, died of his gunshot wounds on Sunday, Nov. 4 at Nassau University Medical Center, according to Homicide Squad detectives.

Wounded were a 21-year-old man shot in his left arm, a 17-year-old woman shot to her right thigh and a 17-year-old man shot in his left leg.

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