When Omari Lee killed Xavier McDaniel, he was delivering street justice through the barrel of a gun, the prosecutor in Lee’s murder trial in Schenectady County Court said in his opening statement this afternoon.
Chief Assistant Schenectady County District Attorney Philip Mueller said Lee was telling McDaniel and others who would interfere with his crack cocaine business, “‘You mess with me and you will get hurt.'”
Lee, 26, faces one count of first-degree murder, accused of intentionally killing McDaniel while McDaniel sat in his car outside Jerry Burrell Park in the Hamilton Hill section of Schenectady. Lee also faces 13 additional charges in the trial, which is expected to last three to four weeks.
If convicted of the murder charge, Lee faces a sentence of 20-25 years to life in prison, or life in prison without parole.
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