Kevin McClinton of Rosedale was arraigned on June 5 on a charge of second-degree murder for the May 18 shooting death of 14-year-old D’aja Robinson.
McClinton, 21, who appeared before Queens Criminal Court Judge Ernest Hart after being returned from South Carolina on a fugitive warrant, also was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted on all charges.
A statement issued by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said McClinton is being held without bail, and is due in court again on June 19.
McClinton was arrested in Cayce, just outside of Columbia, SC, on June 4 by a team comprising U.S. Marshals and members of the NYPD.
D’aja, of South Jamaica, had just left a sweet 16 party and was on her way to another affair when she boarded a Q6 bus on Sutphin Boulevard near Baisley Pond Park blocks from her home.
She was struck once in the head as a gunman fired at least nine bullets into the side of the bus.
The high school freshman was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has said Robinson is not believed to have been the shooter’s intended target.
Police are investigating the possibility that the shooting was gang-related. One theory attributed to investigators by published reports is that McClinton, connected with the Snow street gang, was trying to hit someone else on the bus who is associated with the EBK gang. One report said the target, another girl, later got a text message saying “You’re next.”
D’aja is not believed to be connected with gang activity.