This post has been updated with additional information.
Although police have declined to comment on the criminal record of Nagee Green — the man charged Monday with the murder of Ithaca College student Anthony Nazaire — records show that in the past three years Green has been arrested twice, on counts of drug and weapon possession.
Cornell’s Prof. Lance Salisbury, law — and Green’s defense attorney — told the court Monday that Green has no previous convictions, according to The Ithaca Voice. However, records show that Green, 23, was detained twice in recent years for possessing drugs and stolen firearms.
In December of 2013, Cornell Police found a 16 gauge shotgun and a .22 caliber rifle — both stolen from the City of Ithaca — in a vehicle with Green and two other Ithaca residents, according to a University release. Green was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony.
Green and John A. Benton, another Ithaca resident, were also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance in April of this year, after police found marijuana and crack cocaine in their vehicle at a traffic stop, according to a press release from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office.
Salisbury stressed that although Green may have been arrested on these charges, his criminal record indicates that he was not convicted for either.
Green was detained Monday afternoon and charged with murder and assault in the second degree. He has pled not guilty to both charges. Green will appear before a grand jury in Ithaca at 1:15 p.m. Thursday and no evidence will be presented until that time.