Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini has announced the conviction of a West Babylon man for murder for intentionally running over another man with his motor vehicle in Lindenhurst in 2019.
Shatik Canady, 43, of West Babylon, was convicted by a jury of Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony.
“This was not a typical hit-and-run; the defendant deliberately pursued and struck the victim with his vehicle before fleeing the scene,” District Attorney Sini said. “Even after police located the defendant, who was driving the same car he used to murder the victim, he attempted to evade being arrested and taking responsibility for his actions. With this verdict, the jury ensured that he was held accountable for taking the victim’s life.”
At approximately 4:45 a.m. on March 23, 2019, Canady became engaged in a dispute with Kawon Williams, 28, of Wyandanch, near the rear parking lot of BrewHaus Pub, located at 111 N. Wellwood Ave. in Lindenhurst. Canady struck Williams with an ice scraper before returning to his vehicle and pursuing Williams in the parking lot.
Williams attempted to avoid Canady, hiding behind other cars and objects in the parking lot, but Canady continued the pursuit. Canady then intentionally struck Williams with his car before fleeing the scene of the incident.
Williams was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was pronounced dead.
Approximately 16 hours following the incident on March 23, 2019, the Suffolk County Police Department located Canady, who was driving the same vehicle used in the commission of the murder on Chelsea Avenue in North Babylon, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Canady attempted to flee and led police on a brief pursuit before being apprehended.
Opening statements in the trial began on June 7. The jury deliberated for approximately three days before delivering a verdict of guilty yesterday.
Canady is scheduled to be sentenced by Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Richard Ambro on July 19. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. He is being represented by Joseph Hanshe.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank Schroeder, of the Homicide Bureau.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.