Two men convicted of Utica homicide in May 2021
A Oneida County jury found Jaleak Scarborough and Hakim Muhammad guilty of second degree murder in the May 2021 shooting death of Lemke Pittman.
Pittman was shot and killed at a barber shop on the corner of James Street and Seymour Avenue in Utica.
Utica police released a statement on the guilty verdicts.
Police said they would like to thank the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office for all of their hard work in pursuing the case and are grateful that justice could be served.
Scarborough is due to be sentenced on May 23 and Muhammad on May 24.
Both men face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Here is the original story on the set of May 7, 2021.
The Utica Police Department is investigating the latest homicide in the city of Utica.
Officers were called to the corner of James Street and Seymour Avenue just before 1:00 p.m. this afternoon to reports of a man with gunshot wounds.
Police learned the victim was inside a counter establishment when another individual entered and began shooting at him. When Utica Police and Utica Fire Department arrived on the scene, they took lifesaving action and the victim was immediately transferred to the hospital.
Utica police said the victim later died at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. His name has not been released, pending notification from family members. The investigation continues as police search for a suspect.
UPDATE: The victim of today’s homicide is identified as Lemeke Pittman, 26, of Utica.
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