The suspects accused of murdering Corey “DJ Megatron” McGriff, TV personality on BET’s “106 & Park,” recently pleaded not guilty to murder charges brought against them.
According to the Associated Press, Richard Cromwell and William Williams were arrested on April 7 and charged with murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. The two appeared in court the following day and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
On March 27, McGriff, 32, was reportedly shot once in his chest while he was walking to a store near his home in Staten Island, N.Y.
“It’s a shame that such a rising star lost his life in such a tragic way,” Williams’ lawyer, Mario Gallucci told the AP. “But we ask you, the public, not to rush judgment on my client.”
Prosecutors said the incident was caught on video surveillance, and the pair allegedly stalked McGriff for his watch and cell phone, according to authorities.. According to Allhiphop.com, both men confessed to the killing during interrogations, despite their recent plea. They are set to appear in court again on April 19.
McGriff first gained his on-air experience as an intern. After holding positions in Boston and Philadelphia, he signed on to BET’s music countdown show “106 & Park,” mainly as a behind-the-scenes hype man in 2006, according to BET. He also did on-air work for the network and its Web site.
Following his death, “106 & Park” did a special dedication episode in McGriff’s memory. Hosts Terrence J and Rocsi reflected on their fallen colleague and produced a memorial video highlighting his work on the set.
“ such a young and fresh talent,” Rocsi said during the tribute show. “There’s no replacing him.”