Three men have been charged in the March 2009 abduction and killing of two African immigrants, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Wednesday. One of the murders took place at the Woodbury condo owned by ex-New York Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
Rice said that on March 26, 2009, Kevin McLeod, Andre Dickenson and Jovany Henrius, a cousin of Vilma's, participated in the abduction of Sekou Sackor and Ansu Keita, two African immigrants from the Bronx. The victims were taken to Vilma's condo.
Rice said that evidence indicated Keita and Sackor were attempting to run a “black money scam” against the three defendants, which ended with Keita and Sackor being picked up and then shot to death.
Less than two hours after a shot was heard in the vicinity of Vilma’s Woodbury residence at Eagle Chase, an upscale, 24-hour gated community, two people were seen throwing a body off the Paerdegat Basin Bridge on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn. Responding NYPD officers found Sackor’s body in the water beneath the bridge.
Keita’s body was discovered at about 7 a.m. on March 27, dumped on a deserted street in Queens near the Brooklyn border.
It is believed that Keita was killed in the condo while Sackor was killed while being driven to the dumping site where his body was found.
Vilma has not been accused of any wrongdoing in the case.
“This brutal and violent crime was premeditated and executed with precision by these three defendants,” Rice said. “Thanks to the skill and collaboration of our law enforcement partners in this case, these three men will answer for their crimes.”
Dickenson, 31, of Brooklyn, is charged with Murder in the First Degree, three counts of Murder in the Second Degree, two counts of Kidnapping in the First Degree, and other charges.
McLeod, 31, of Queens, and Henrius, 31, of Brooklyn, are charged with three counts of Murder in the Second Degree, two counts of Kidnapping in the First Degree, and other charges.
McLeod's attorney, Andrew Karpf, said McLeod denies any involvement in the case.
"We're going to do everything we can do to fight the charges," Karpf said.
Henrius' attorney, Aaron Altman, said he could not comment Wednesday.
The arrests were the result of a multi-agency investigation between the Nassau County Police Department, Queens Homicide Squad, Brooklyn South Homicide Squad, the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, the Queens District Attorney’s Office and the Queens Stolen Car Task Force.
Bail was set in the amount of $1 million in cash for McLeod and Henrius. Henrius is due back in court June 8, while McLeod is due back in court June 2. Dickenson is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.