ITHACA, N.Y. — A grand jury voted Thursday to indict Nagee Green with second-degree murder for the death of Ithaca College student Anthony Nazaire, who was stabbed to death at Cornell University in August.
Green was also charged with felony second-degree assault for stabbing 19-year-old Rahiem Williams “repeatedly” in the back. A document filed with Ithaca City Court, however, did not indicate whether he was indicted on that charge as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
A felony preliminary hearing was held earlier in the day in front of Judge Scott Miller.
Green appeared in shackles and was represented by attorney Lance Salisbury. Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski stood in for the case as Acting District Attorney Andrew Bonavia presented to the Grand Jury.
During the hearing, supporters of both Green and Nazaire were in court grouped on opposite sides of the courtroom.
Filipowski requested that the court allow the DA’s office its legally entitled right to hold the hearing until Grand Jury presentations were completed or 144 hours had passed since Green’s arrest. If that time frame had not been met, Green would have been released on his own recognizance.
She said she expected the presentations to be completed by the end of the day.
Salisbury went into arguments that the extension should not be allowed because Friday is a court holiday and if the court waited until Monday to hear the case, it would exceed his client’s right to have the hearing in a timely manner.
Before an official decision could be made by the court, Filipowski got a text message stating that the grand jury had voted on the case.
A Certification of Indictment was filed afterward with the court.
Green remains in the Tompkins County Jail and is being held without bail.