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St. Albans man guilty in Laurelton shoting

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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 4:56 pm | Updated: 5:02 pm, Fri Jun 14, 2019.

A St. Albans man faces up to 25 years in prison following his conviction Thursday for shooting a man outside a Merrick Boulevard barber shop in June 2018.

David Francis, 24, was found guilty of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting of Khaleel Williams, according to a statement issued by the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

“The defendant in this case flew into a rage and shot the victim, a former friend, following a petty dispute over money,” Acting District Attorney John Ryan said. “The victim suffered extensive injuries to his face that required surgery. A jury weighed the evidence and found the defendant guilty after deliberating for eight hours. The defendant now faces a lengthy prison sentence as a result of his vengeful actions.”

Francis’ trial lasted three weeks. Queens Supreme Court Justice Ira Margulis, who presided at trial, set sentencing for July 8.

According to trial testimony, in an effort to settle a dispute over money, Francis called the victim, Khaleel Williams, shortly before 9 p.m. on June 13, 2018.

Francis asked Williams to meet him at a barbershop on Merrick Boulevard and 228th Street in Laurelton. The two men — who were friends for several years — had been feuding about damage to Francis’ car. Upon his arrival at the location, Francis engaged his former friend in a verbal dispute that quickly turned physical and resulted in the victim being tossed out of the barbershop.

Francis then left the shop and approached Williams as he stood outside with several other individuals and began demanding money. When Williams refused, Francis pulled out a gun and shot him once in the face. Francis fled the scene shortly after the shooting. 

Bleeding from his face, Williams fled from the barbershop and an eyewitness transported him to a nearby FDNY EMS station.

Williams required surgery in late July 2018 to remove the bullet from his mouth. Ryan in his statement said it had been lodged near a major artery.

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