Last month 11-year old Ayshawn Davis was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. His death had the community in an uproar and a suspect was later arrested. On Monday the suspect appeared in the Rensselaer County Court.

On Monday murder suspect, 20-year old Jahquay Brown, pleaded not guilty in the Rensselaer County Court. Brown is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of the 11-year-old. Although officials believe that he did not act alone in the murder, no other suspects have been arrested in this case. District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly says that authorities do not know how many subjects were in the vehicle. Authorities have not verified that Brown was the shooter in this incident.

Donnelly said that the community provided valuable information. She said, “As you know traditionally there is a lack of cooperation with law enforcement. I think there was a different tone here when it was a younger child. The community has been very helpful toward the police and I know the family has been very grateful.”

Tony Buchanan, the owner of Jimmy’s Pizzeria in Troy, was in court today. He said that he was there to see the beginning of the process and justice for Ayshawn. He said, “A lot of emotions came back again, but they were better emotions, like the process of justice is going down the line and doing its course and in the beginning stages of giving him what he deserves.

Jahquay Brown was remanded back to jail after his initial appearance. His attorney, Chief Assistant Public Defender Greg Cholakis says that he has not been able to speak to his client yet, but he would be putting in a written bail application for a future date.

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