A Schenectady man is accused of setting in motion the November carjacking that led to a retaliatory murder.
Ishon T. Williams was arraigned Monday morning in Schenectady County Court on a new indictment charging him with first-degree robbery and 14 other counts.
The indictment relates to the Nov. 12 armed robbery of alleged drug dealer Nicholas Khan near Williams’ Chestnut Street residence.
Two of Williams’ alleged associates, William Riddick and Dayshon McKenzie, are alleged to have robbed Khan and his girlfriend of his car there at gunpoint.
Later in the night, Khan and Gilbert Williams went looking for Riddick and McKenzie. They found the two in Mont Pleasant, then chased them through the neighborhood as Khan fired shots at their car.
Khan finally hit his mark near Mont Pleasant Middle School, fatally wounding Riddick.
Khan, 20, pleaded guilty earlier this month to second-degree murder for killing Riddick. He is to receive 20 years to life in prison. Gilbert Williams, Khan’s driver, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and is to receive 10 years.
Ishon Williams’ role in the case, prosecutor Philip Mueller said Monday, was to set up the robbery for Riddick and McKenzie.
“He’s alleged to be the one that called up and ordered up drugs from Khan to lure him over there,” Mueller said.
Ishon Williams is not believed to have participated in the actual attack, because he wanted to retain deniability. But authorities believe he was in on the plan, Mueller said.
McKenzie, 21, of Clinton Avenue, faces his own robbery indictment.
Ishon Williams was represented in court Monday by attorney James Walsh. Outside of court, Walsh noted many of the charges appeared duplicitous.
“I’m going to discuss the matter with my client and we’re going to put forward a zealous defense,” Walsh said.