The suspect Utica police labeled as their biggest priority after he allegedly shot and killed a man in July, has finally been caught. Our Andrew Sorensen tells us about the exhaustive efforts to find Jamal Gadson, and when he might stand trial.
UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica Police labeled Jamal Gadson as their number one priority after they say he shot and killed MVCC student Jermaine Stubbs, 35, in July. The incident, which started as a dispute at a bar, shocked the West Utica neighborhood as the city's first homicide of the year.
"I'm pleased to announce that as of 4:00 yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call from our criminal investigation division that Gadson now is in police custody," said Chief Mark Williams at a press conference Friday.
After extensive investigation, U.S. Marshals remarkably tracked Gadson down over 700 miles away, in a house on Milling Road in Mocksville, North Carolina.
"Members of a joint fugitive task force of the U.S. Marshals Office were, along with their colleagues in North Carolina, able to surround the house and eventually take Gadson into custody," Williams explained.
U.S. Marshals and Utica police say they got the lead on Gadson's whereabouts early on in their investigation, but it could still take weeks to get him back to New York.
"If he waives extradition it could be 10 days, 14 days," U.S. Marshals Senior Investigator James Nichols said. "If he fights it, it needs a government warrant, a governor's warrant, it could be longer."
After capturing Gadson, police have new priorities.
"Right now between us, the District Attorney's office, and the U.S. Marshals office, the goal is to get him back, but it's early in the process," said Williams.
They also have yet to find the murder weapon, a problem they hope to solve as they continue their investigation before taking Gadson to trial.
Gadson is currently charged with second degree murder, but police say he could face other charges in connection with the homicide.