- Last Updated: 8:14 AM, May 18, 2012
- Posted: 2:06 AM, May 18, 2012
Family members of tragic stray-bullet victim Cheyenne Baez — a popular 17-year-old high-school girl — stormed out of her alleged killer’s Manhattan murder trial yesterday, furious at what they called his callous dodges and excuses to cops.
“I just feel like I — I didn’t, like — I was just, I feel like the sh-t was controlling itself,” Boris Brown, who was 22 at the time of the East Harlem murder, stammers in his hourlong confession tape, played for jurors.
“Like my finger — like, I shot. It went off. I shot again. I shot again. And I just ran.”
One of those three shots — fired, prosecutors say, out of revenge for a robbery — struck Cheyenne in the back as she relaxed with friends on a Saturday night in October 2010 in the courtyard of the AK Houses on East 128th Street.
The bullet ended her life.
Cheyenne was a well-liked girl who worked at a Pinkberry on East 82nd Street and attended the Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women. Her last words as her friends cradled her were, “I’m cold. I think I was shot.”
“I can’t stay in there. I can’t listen to it. I can’t,” the girl’s visibly distraught aunt said as she left the courtroom, unwilling to hear more of Brown’s words.
“It’s like I’m reliving it,” the aunt, Sal Baez, 38, told the girl’s mom, Lisa Baez, 37, in the hallway outside court. “You just see that there’s no remorse.”
Brown’s defense lawyer, Jeffrey Chabrowe, is arguing that the confession was coerced after 15 hours in custody — including time he’d been taken to the hospital for an asthma attack.
“He hadn’t eaten all day. He’d been pulled out of bed. They told him, ‘We’re not going to give you food until you admit to this,’ ” the lawyer told The Post. “That’s why he’s just eating at 10 o’clock at night. He hadn’t eaten in 24 hours.”
Throughout the confession, Brown takes sips of a vanilla shake, which sits next to a half-eaten box of chicken McNuggets.
“You pulled the trigger because you wanted to shoot, right?” prosecutor Larry Glasser asks Brown.
“Yeah,” he grunts. Then, waving his hands around, he continues, “I shot. I shot. I don’t know if I shot — I shot — I don’t know if I shot the girl. None of that.”
“But I want to make sure I understand,” the prosecutor prods. “You shot towards the courtyard, right? Like, where all the people were?” There were about 70 people in the path of Brown’s bullets, prosecutors say.
“Yeah,” Brown grunts again.
Asked if he heard any other gunfire, he answers, “I only heard mine.”
Brown’s co-defendant, Devon Coughman, 24 — also charged with murder for allegedly joining in the “revenge” mission — is arguing through defense lawyer Todd Spodek that he just went to the courtyard with Brown to meet a woman who’d recovered their stolen goods and that he knew nothing about a gun.
Both men face 25 years in prison if convicted.
A street sign in Cheyenne's honor -- to read, "Cheyenne Baez Way" will be erected at a ceremony from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19th, at the corner of 128th St. and Lexington Avenue, under the auspices of Harlem Mothers Save and local politicians, the mom said.