Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actor indicted for murder

A Law & Order: SVU guest actor is accused of fatally shooting a man

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Isaiah Stokes, who has appeared in a number of crime drama series like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, was indicted for murder by a grand jury in Queens, New York last Friday.

Stokes, 41, is accused of fatally shooting a man, identified as Tyrone Jones, who sat in a parked car in Jamaica, Queens this past February. Jones, 37, died of his injuries.

“The defendant is accused of unloading nearly eleven shots during this brazen afternoon shooting,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a press release. “Gun violence is all too prevalent in our neighborhoods. We will not allow it to become the norm.”

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Isaiah Stokes

Stokes was arraigned before Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder on a three-count indictment charging him with murder in the second degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. If convicted, Stokes faces up to 25 years of imprisonment.

According to the district attorney’s office, surveillance footage from February 7th shows Stokes “exiting a vehicle parked near the intersection of Linden Boulevard and 200th Street and then approaching the driver’s side window of a white Jeep Grand Cherokee which was parked in front of 200-08 Linden Boulevard.” Stokes allegedly fired eleven gunshots into the car hitting Jones, who was inside the vehicle.

Law enforcement did not report on any sort of motive behind the shooting.

Raised in Rochdale Village, a neighborhood in South Jamaica, Stokes attended college at Delaware State University. He made his acting debut in the 2006 direct-to-video crime drama Killa Season starring rapper Cam’ron.

Since then, Stokes has had guest appearances in a number of network and cable dramas. In addition to Law & Order: SVU, Stokes also appeared on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Starz’s Power, CBS’ Blue Bloods and FX’s Rescue Me, The Americans, and Louie.

Source: Variety
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