Georgett Roberts and Steve Janoski, New York Post, June 15, 2023
The man accused of fatally stabbing an ex-con who punched his girlfriend on a J train this week was released without bail Thursday after his arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court.
Assistant District Attorney David Ingle had asked Judge Sherveal Mimes to impose $100,000 cash bail on Jordan Williams, the 20-year-old from Hollis, Queens, who allegedly knifed Devictor Ouedraogo on Tuesday during a subway struggle.
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But Mimes refused, instead electing to cut Williams loose.
Jason Goldman, Williams’ attorney, said in court that his client works at FedEx to help pay the family bills and has never been in legal trouble.
“Thank you, Jesus!” his godmother exclaimed in court, while Williams’ mother — who had compared her son to Daniel Penny as a good Samaritan who was trying to protect people — smiled.
Williams, of Hollis, Queens, has been charged with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said. He faces up to 25 years in prison for the first charge, while the second could tack on an extra 12 months.
Ouedraogo, 36, was allegedly harassing commuters aboard the train as it approached Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg on Tuesday evening, the district attorney told the court.
Ouedraogo, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, approached Williams’ girlfriend and asked, “Want to f–k?” Ingle said.
Williams told the man to get away from them, but Ouedraogo kept harassing his girlfriend. So Williams pushed him away and told him not to come closer.
During the clash, Ouedraogo also punched Williams’ girlfriend in the face, according to Goldman and police sources.
“The deceased took one step to the defendant, and punched the defendant one or two times,” Ingle said. “He removed a folding knife and stabbed the deceased in the chest. The deceased got off the train at Marcy Ave and collapsed on the platform.”
After Thursday’s arraignment, Goldman, Williams’ attorney, was asked about his previous comments in which questioned if his client was getting treatment differently than Penny “because his skin color is different.”
Goldman answered: “Well I can walk that back” – and noted how Williams got treated better than Penny, considering his client was released without bail.