Tensions flare at arraignment for Delamaine Dr. homicide
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Family members and supporters for the suspect and the victim in the Delamaine Drive homicide case erupted Wednesday morning amid an arraignment on Rochester City Court.
Jermaine Brown, 17, is accused of shooting and killing 18-year-old Ciara Grimes inside a home on Delamaine Drive last week, then dragging her body into the driveway. He is charged with second degree manslaughter, felony aggravated criminal contempt and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
"My baby is gone, I will never see her again, I have to move on day by day," said Erica Perez, Grimes' mother.
With tears pouring down their faces, Perez and Grimes' grandfather hugged each other tightly devastated by their loss.
"Everybody has choices in life good and bad. When you do bad you got to pay for it, when you do good you get good," she said.
She is demanding justice for her daughter.
"At the end of the day he got to pay for what he did," Perez said.
"It's a devastating incident that is going to be felt for years for these people. You have a victim that is 18 [years old] and an accused that is 17," said prosecutor Bill Gargan.
Court paperwork states Grimes had an order of protection filed against Brown signed on May 5. A few days later, Grimes was found dead.
According to court documents, Brown violated the order of protection and was in a bedroom at the home on Delamaine Drive with Grimes. Brown allegedly fired one shot from a handgun, hitting Grimes in the arm. Grimes was pronounced dead at 1:42 a.m. on May 9.
"My daughter was being beat (sic) for a long time before we even knew it. She was embarrassed to come to me," Perez said.
Perez said she hopes anyone facing a similar situation won't stay silent. "They need to know they have a safe haven to go to, someone to talk to, someone that is going to help them,' she added.
"It does spark a conversation in teen dating violence that we need to address that we need educators and parents to talk to children about," said Marisol Ramos-Lopez, CEO and President of the Willow Domestic Center.
"When it starts as early as teens we know there is going to be a history and progression of violence that will get stronger," Ramos-Lopez said.
Brown's family was also in court. They did not want to go on camera. His family and friends yelled messaged such as "I love you" in court.
Monroe County Sheriff's deputies kept the two families apart after the two sides exchanged words in the courtroom.
"That's their family, I have to respect how they feel and they have to respect how I feel," said Perez.
In court Wednesday morning, Brown pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter, criminal contempt and weapons charges filed against him.
Bail for Brown was set at $50,000.
He will be in court again for a preliminary hearing later this month.