DA: Man indicted in Chanel Petro-Nixon cold case

The Kings County District Attorney's Office unsealed an indictment against a man Wednesday in the cold-case killing of a 16-year-old girl 10 years ago. Chanel

Vernon Primus, already jailed on two unrelated charges in the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, was indicted on murder charges after NYPD detectives went to speak with him.

Vernon Primus, already jailed on two unrelated charges in the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, was indicted on murder charges after NYPD detectives went to speak with him. (6/16/16)

BROOKLYN - The Kings County District Attorney's Office unsealed an indictment against a man Wednesday in the cold-case killing of a 16-year-old girl 10 years ago.

Chanel Petro-Nixon, a high school honor roll student, was found strangled in a garbage bag four days after disappearing on Father's Day in 2006. She had told family members she was going to fill out a job application for an Applebee's restaurant on Fulton Street. She also told her family that she would see her friend — who prosecutors say is the man now indicted for her slaying.

Officials say a grand jury indicted 29-year-old Veron Primus after NYPD detectives, who learned he was in custody overseas, went to speak with him. News 12 sources say a witness came to New York to testify before the grand jury earlier this month.

Primus was deported to the Caribbean island of St. Vincent last year after serving a prison sentence in New York for violating an order of protection.  An ex-girlfriend had accused him of trying to take her hostage. 

He is now imprisoned on St. Vincent — accused of fatally stabbing another woman in November 2015 — but District Attorney Ken Thompson is filing a request for extradition.

If convicted of murder in New York, Primus will face 25 years to life behind bars.

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