Back in 2012, Brandon Woodard, an aspiring rapper and law school student, was gunned down execution style in broad daylight in midtown Manhattan. The suspected getaway driver, Lloyd McKenzie has finally been arrested and arraigned.
Reports the New York Daily News:
Detectives arrested Lloyd McKenzie on murder and drug charges after he was taken into custody in Queens on Tuesday morning. Five other codefendants have been charged.
McKenzie allegedly set up the hit and drove the getaway car in the slaying of 31-year-old Brandon Woodard in broad daylight on W. 58th St. near Seventh Ave. on Dec. 10, 2012, cops said. The shooter remains on the loose.
Allegedly, Woodard was also a cocaine dealer, and it was a botched drug deal that cost him his life.
McKenzie was arrested without incident in Queens while visiting his parole officer, officials said. He was on parole for a short stint in prison on a drug conviction in Pennsylvania.
Prosecutors allege he was deeply involved in a drug trafficking conspiracy with Woodard, Woodard’s alleged partner-in-crime Quran Pender and others.
Shortly after the murder, cops believed Woodard was killed because drug money earmarked for dealers in the city was confiscated while he was in California — and he wasn’t able to replace the cash, believed to be tens of thousands of dollars.
According to the authorities, Woodard often flew in to NYC, checked into local hotels, then would pick up money for the drugs before heading back to Los Angeles.
Five other suspects, who are associated of Woodard, were hit with drug conspiracy charges in Los Angeles. McKenzie’s next court date is March 15.