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Cigarette butt seals murder conviction

DNA linked shooter to ’03 Qns. Village case

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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:25 pm, Thu Apr 3, 2014.

A Jamaica man whose 2008 murder conviction was overturned on appeal was found guilty again at his retrial on Friday.

Troy Lockley, 40, formerly of 191st Street, also was convicted of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the August 2003 killing of Fabian Ceballos, 28, of Moline Street in Queens Village.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Lockley, who faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced in April, was done in partly by DNA on a cigarette butt left at the scene of the shooting.

“The defendant thought he could get away with murder but his own DNA proved his undoing,” Brown said in a statement issued Friday. “He has now been held accountable for a cold-blooded shooting of a man inside his own home.”

Brown is calling for “a lengthy sentence” when Lockley comes back before Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise on April 30.

Lockley was arrested in March 2005 when his DNA profile matched that on a cigarette he smoked in Ceballos’ residence the night of the murder. Police found it beneath a couch inside the home.

Accomplice Andy Dabydeen, formerly of Queens Village, was arrested in October 2003 and pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in 2005. Dabydeen received a 12-year prison sentence.

Lockley’s original conviction was reversed on appeal in 2011 over failure of the trial judge to inform the defense in a timely manner of contents of notes from the jury during deliberations

Brown said evidence at Lockley’s retrial showed that Lockley and Dabydeen approached a woman standing outside Ceballos’ home pretending to ask directions before pulling a gun.

Lockley quickly approached Ceballos, who was standing in his doorway, and demanded money at gunpoint.

He then shot Ceballos once in the chest before he and Dabydeen entered the home to look for money and then fled from the scene.

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