2005 murder suspect refuses to be fingerprinted
A man who was supposed to be arraigned Wednesday in connection with a 12-year-old cold case refused to be fingerprinted, delaying the entire court proceeding.
Suspect Kwauhuru Govan, who investigators say was already in custody for another killing of a Brooklyn teenager, came into court yelling that he was being assaulted and framed by police; the outbursts taking everyone by surprise as the judge and several court officers tried to get the situation under control.
The district attorney's office says Govan was set to be arraigned on murder charges for the beheading of 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell. But Govan refused to leave his cell to be fingerprinted so he can be arraigned.
According to investigators, Brazell's body was found beheaded and dismembered in a subway tunnel in 2005.
Govan was already in custody when the latest indictment was announced. Authorities say he was arrested after DNA evidence linked him to the death of Sharabia Thomas -- another cold case from 2004. The 17-year-old's nude body was found in an alley in 2004.
The DA's office says Govan is being charged with murder in both cases and will eventually be fingerprinted and arraigned in Brazell's death.