JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ New Haven police said Friday they have solved an 11-year-old double slaying, the first case resulting in charges after they formed a task force with federal authorities in response to escalating gang-related violence.
Police said 32-year-old Craig “Mousey” Hines faces two murder counts in the shootings of Lamont Brockenberry and Lakeia Vaughn on June 1, 2000. Hines is being held in a federal prison in Indiana on unrelated weapons charges.
Authorities are seeking to extradite him to Connecticut.
Telephone messages were left with attorneys who represented Hines for the earlier case.
New Haven and the FBI formed the cold case homicide unit last year to focus on solving gang murders which have plagued New Haven’s neighborhoods. The unit has agents with specialized experience in investigating drug and gang-related homicides.
“This is a great example of how we can leverage our resources,” Chief Frank Limon said.
Police said Brockenberry and Vaughn were not the intended targets of the shooting.
Hines has a long and violent criminal history involving drug dealing in support of gang-related activity, police said.
The shooting stemmed from a dispute over a borrowed gun, police said.
Police said they spent months re-interviewing witnesses and developing new witnesses.
Numerous relatives of the victims attended the news conference and some broke into tears.
Brockenberry’s sister, Tamika, cried after police made the announcement.
“It means a lot to me,” she said. “I gave up hope. Today there is a joy; it’s really closure knowing somebody is finally going to pay for taking his life. He didn’t even do anything. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Brockenberry’s 17-year-old daughter, Monteiya, broke down crying.
“He missed my whole life, everything,” she said.
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