The pregnant widow of the former Gov. Cuomo aide who was killed in a Brooklyn gang shootout wept as prosecutors described his violent death in the opening of his alleged killers’ trial Monday.
Trenelle Gabay wiped tears from her eyes as lawyers recounted how Micah Alleyne, Kenny Bazile, Stanley Elianor and Keith Luncheon callously opened fire in a Clinton Hill street as residents enjoyed the 2015 Labor Day J’Ouvert celebration — hitting her husband Carey Gabay.
“They unleashed a barrage of gunfire that sent all the men, women and children that moments before had been reveling, and sent them running for their lives,” Assistant District Attorney Olatokunbo Olaniyan said in her half-hour opening statement.
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“One of those innocent people, Carey Gabay, ducking for cover before he was struck in crossfire.”
Trenelle is seven months pregnant with Carey’s son, via sperm that doctors harvested from him before he passed away.
Gabay — a 43-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer who’d worked for Cuomo’s Empire State Development Corporation — was walking along Bedford Avenue after the annual West Indian community celebration in the early morning hours of Sept. 7 when the firefight broke out between the warring Folk Nation and 8-Trey Crips gangs, prosecutors say.
He was shot in the head and died a week later.
“It hit Carey Gabay, it pierced his skin, pierced his skull. It traveled through his skull before it finally lodged in his brain,” Olaniyan said.
She argued that each man is equally guilty for the death.
“Who fired first? It’s irrelevant. Who pulled out first? It is immaterial. The men together created the zone of danger and as a result each and every one of them is guilty of this crime,” Olaniyan said.
A fifth man, Tyshawn Crawford — a 22-year-old member of a gang affiliated with Folk Nation — was also charged with Carey’s death, but agreed to a plea deal and will testify during the trial.
Elianor’s defense attorney jumped straight into attacking Crawford’s credibility during his opening statements.
Douglas Appel claimed his client — an alleged Folk Nation member — was originally arrested for gun possession because police were desperate for a collar, and the charges were only upgraded to murder on Crawford’s unreliable word.
“[Crawford] lies about who’s present and changes his story. He lies about who’s shooting and changes his story over and over and over again,” said Appel.
“He’s lying to get a cooperation deal and will give the government whatever they want.”
Layers for Luncheon — an alleged 8-Trey member — and Alleyne — of Folk Nation, according to prosecutors — both claimed their clients were coerced into making false confessions.
“[Luncheon] was interrogated for three hours,” said his attorney Jay Cohen, saying prosecutors have no DNA or ballistic evidence against his client.
“He wanted to go home to his kids. He kept saying, ‘What do you want me to do, lie?’ They had nothing in this case. They needed an admission from Keith Luncheon.”
Meanwhile, Bazile’s lawyer argued that his client just happens to be a former Folk Nation associate who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and started firing his gun for self protection.
“Was Mr. Bazile out that night? Absolutely. Were hundreds of other people? Absolutely. Does Kenny Bazile pull out his gun and start charging people? No,” his lawyer Samuel Karliner told the court.
“Like everybody else, he is trying to get away,” Karliner continued. “He is literally pinned down with gun fire. He pulls out his gun, he shoots wildly and runs into the building. You may not like him for having a gun on him that night … but [he fired] back to protect himself and to get out of there.”
All four men face 25 years to life behind bars. Crawford is avoiding a life sentence with his plea deal.