A murder trial started Monday for a Queens man who prosecutors say was caught on tape murdering his relative and shooting his son’s grandmother after an argument at her Elmont home, court records show.
Wilfred Labossiere, 33, of Far Rockaway, appeared March 10 at the Nassau County Court as opening statements began and witnesses testified in his trial on murder, weapons possession and assault charges.
Authorities allege Labossiere fatally shot Christopher Mullings, 29, of Roosevelt, and injured Sandra Clarke, 53, of Elmont, after an argument in front of Clarke’s home on Oakley Avenue in Elmont on Nov. 26, 2012. Clarke, officials said, is the grandmother of Labossiere’s 5-year-old son.
Clarke testified Monday that Mullings answered a call from Labossiere on her cell phone while she was in the restroom. The certified nursing assistant said she overhead Mullings screaming and cursing on the phone and realized he was speaking with Labossiere, when she heard him saying, “I can take my baby cousin to school and there’s nothing you can do about it,” she said.
Prosecutors said Labossiere then went to the home, after he had already been there earlier in the morning and speaking with Clarke on the phone. His defense attorney, Anthony Grandinette, said Labossiere was just going to try to speak with the woman.
“He’s there, this happened, but the evidence will show he did not go back to the house with the intent to kill anyone,” Grandinette told jurors during opening statements.
When Labossiere showed up to the house, the situation between the two men became heated. Clarke said she asked Labossiere to go outside and Mullings to go inside a bedroom, but the men began to shout and curse at one another. “I stood between both of them,” Clarke said, while acknowledging she was being pushed toward the door of her home by Mullings.
Clarke also testified that Labossiere allegedly made a comment to Mullings to the effect of: “Yes, Christopher, stay inside like a good boy.” She said Mullings then ran out of the home and Labossiere pulled a gun out from inside his coat.
Recounting the experience for jurors, Clarke said she remembered shouting out, “Will, please don’t,” before Labossiere allegedly started firing. “I said: ‘Please don’t leave me here to die. Please take me to the hospital,” Clarke recalled telling Labossiere after she was shot in the abdomen. “I was praying to God to save my life.”
Labossiere then drove her to Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream. At the time of the incident, police said Labossiere fled the hospital after dropping Clarke off. During the Monday court session, jurors watched surveillance video from the hospital’s emergency room, which showed Clarke being rolled in on a stretcher.
“He wasn’t concerned about his license plate or his identity. He was concerned that Sandra Clarke gets medical attention,” Grandinette said.
Assistant District Attorney Martin Meaney told jurors they will be shown video of the shooting during the trial. Testimony is expected to continue Tuesday morning.