Judge: Murder suspect can be forcefully fingerprinted

A judge ordered Thursday that the Department of Corrections could take a murder suspect's fingerprints without his permission, clearing the way for his arraignment.

Suspect Kwauhuru Govan refused to be fingerprinted and entered court yelling that he was being assaulted and framed by police.

Suspect Kwauhuru Govan refused to be fingerprinted and entered court yelling that he was being assaulted and framed by police. (2/23/17)

BROOKLYN - A judge ordered Thursday that the Department of Corrections could take a murder suspect's fingerprints without his permission, clearing the way for his arraignment.

Kwauhuru Govan shouted at officers and refused to comply a day earlier when they first sought his prints.

He is accused in the cold-case slaying of 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell in 2005. Brazell was found dismembered in a subway tunnel.

Govan was already in custody in connection with another cold-case killing. Prosecutors say he killed Sharabia Thomas, 17, in 2004. Thomas's nude body was discovered in an alley.

Investigators say that Govan made inconsistent statements in connection to Thomas's death that caused them to link him to Brazell's.

They say they are looking into whether he is linked to even more killings.

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