Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The Onondaga County District Attorney clarified that under the facts his office has, the suspect accused of beating an elderly man to death in front of a Syracuse convenience store will not be charged with a murder. 18-year-old Romeo Williams
is accused of assaulting 70-year-old James Gifford in front of a 7-Eleven on Valley Drive in Syracuse on Sept. 21. Gifford died on Sept. 25 from the injuries sustained during the attack
District attorney William Fitzpatrick says that there were only two possible theories for murder in the case against Williams:
1. Williams intended to kill Mr. Gifford.
2. Williams recklessly killed Mr. Gifford while acting with a depraved indifference to human life.
Fitzpatrick says that, “Neither of the statutes comes close to fitting the facts of the case as a result of decisions from our State's highest court.”
“There has never been any chance that Mr. Williams would be charged with murder under the facts of this case.”
Williams was originally charged with Assault in the 2nd Degree, but this was before Gifford passed away from injuries sustained in the attack.
At the time of his death, officials indicated that additional charges could be presented.
Fitzpatrick said the incident is being presented to a grand jury and a decision should be made soon.