Man, 65, who fatally shot NYC mugger posted bail, will face grand jury
Charles Foehner, the 65-year-old man accused of fatally shooting mugger Cody Gonzalez on a Queens street, has been released on bail from Rikers Island and his case has been sent to a grand jury, according to prosecutors. Foehner appeared in Queens Criminal Court accompanied by his wife, and prosecutors have indicated they are ready to present evidence to the grand jury in order to secure an indictment for the illegal possession of the firearm Foehner used in Gonzalez’s death, as well as the firearms cache discovered at his Kew Gardens home. Foehner posted bail of $50,000 on 3 June and is due to appear in court again on 16 August. The prosecution claims that the unlicensed firearm used by Foehner to shoot Gonzalez was an “aberration” in an otherwise law-abiding life. Foehner’s defense lawyer had requested that her client be released without bail on the grounds that he had no criminal record and was “not a flight risk.”
Who is Charles Foehner?
Foehner is a 65-year-old man who has been charged with illegal possession of firearms and the fatal shooting of Cody Gonzalez in Queens, New York on May 31.
Who was Cody Gonzalez?
Gonzalez was a mugger who was allegedly shot by Foehner during an attempted robbery in Queens.
What happened in court?
Prosecutors indicated that they are ready to present evidence to a grand jury for an indictment relating to Foehner’s illegal possession of firearms, as well as the firearms cache discovered at his home. Foehner posted bail and is due to appear in court again on 16 August.
What has Foehner said about the incident?
Foehner claimed he shot Gonzalez to protect himself because of rising crime rates in New York City. He has not been charged with fatally shooting Gonzalez.
What does Foehner’s defense attorney say?
Foehner’s defense lawyer has argued that her client is a deli worker with no criminal record who poses no flight risk and should be released without bail. However, the judge did not agree and set bail at $50,000.
What do the family of the slain mugger say?
Gonzalez’s relatives say they do not blame Foehner for defending himself, and instead argue that the “system” failed to treat Gonzalez’s mental illness properly.
65-Year-Old Man Who Fatally Shot NYC Mugger Released on Bail, To Be Presented to Grand Jury
Charles Foehner, the 65-year-old man accused of fatally shooting mugger Cody Gonzalez on a Queens street, has been released from Rikers Island on bail. The case is now set to go to a grand jury, according to prosecutors. Foehner appeared in Queens Criminal Court with his wife, Jenny Speed, for a brief hearing, during which Assistant District Attorney Samuel Pelligrino indicated that prosecutors were ready to present evidence to a grand jury. Foehner initially faced $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond during his arraignment, but he posted bail on Sunday. Foehner is slated to appear in court again on August 16, facing charges relating to the weapons he allegedly used and stored at his home.