New York Post

Bail nix for kid ‘slayer’

- By GEORGETT ROBERTS and LORENA MONGELLI Additional reporting by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

The suspect in the shooting death of 10-year-old Justin Wallace was ordered held without bail Wednesday on murder charges.

Jovan Young, 29, who surrendere­d to cops on Tuesday, was hauled before a judge in Queens Criminal Court, where prosecutor­s laid out some of the evidence against him for Saturday’s deadly shooting.

“There isn’t a parent alive who doesn’t mourn this family’s loss, another tragic result from gun violence,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “The defendant allegedly fired repeatedly into an occupied house, is now in custody and faces justice in our courts.”

Police released a surveillan­ce video allegedly showing Young sticking a gun through a wrought-iron gate and firing multiple times at the home in Far Rockaway, killing Justin and wounding his 29-year-old cousin.

The cousin, Kyle Forester, was hit in the back and neck and was listed in critical condition. Justin’s dad said the incident started as a dispute over a shared driveway.

Queens Assistant District Attorney Bryan Kotowski said in court that Young had been picked out of three photo arrays by witnesses.

“The defendant did make efforts to conceal evidence in committing this crime,” Kotowski told acting Supreme Court Justice Toko Serita.

Young, wearing a white jumpsuit and a blue surgical mask, said little during his arraignmen­t.

But his family claimed he had nothing to do with the slaying — insisting a friend who is now in hiding did the shooting.

“He called from the police station and said the police almost broke his arm,” Young’s mother, Initia, told The Post. “He said he wants a lawyer because he didn’t do what they’re saying and they’re charging him with something he didn’t do. That’s what he told me on the phone.”

The city’s top cop wasn’t buying it.

“This is the person we have in custody being charged with the death of Justin,” NYPD Commission­er Dermot Shea told PIX11 News Wednesday. “And he is, in fact, the gunman.”

Shea confirmed that the driveway beef was likely the motive, saying that “this is not the first time that there have been words over that driveway.”

 ??  ?? SENSELESS: Jovan Young (left) is in police custody for allegedly firing gunshots into a Queens home, striking and fatally wounding innocent 10year-old Justin Wallace (right).
SENSELESS: Jovan Young (left) is in police custody for allegedly firing gunshots into a Queens home, striking and fatally wounding innocent 10year-old Justin Wallace (right).
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