WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An 18-year-old college freshman named Tyler Flach has been charged for the death of Khaseen Morris, who was stabbed earlier this week during a fight in a Long Island, New York parking lot.
- Sixteen-year-old Morris bled to death after the stabbing while over 50 onlookers filmed the incident but didn’t call for help.
- Flach’s attorney says that the teen “strongly maintains his innocence.”
A teenager has been charged with second-degree murder for the death of Khaseen Morris. Sixteen-year-old Morris was stabbed earlier this week during a fight in a Long Island, New York parking lot and bled to death. Over 50 onlookers filmed the incident but didn’t call for help.
A college freshman from Lido Beach, N.Y., 18-year-old Tyler Flach pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday in Morris’ death. Newsday reports that Flach was ordered to be held without bail and if convicted, will face 25 years to life in prison.
On Wednesday, the suspect surrendered himself to police with the help of Ed Sapone, his attorney. Sapone told Newsday that his client “strongly maintains his innocence” and that, at the appropriate time, they will release vital information regarding the incident which was not captured on video that “completely changes this case.” He continues on to ask the public to hold off on passing judgment and “pray for those who are suffering.”
During a press conference, Nassau County police commissioner Patrick Ryder said that Flach has at least two prior arrests in 2019 for criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree assault related to an incident of road rage.
Morris was attacked at the strip mall parking lot after a group of teens allegedly threatened his safety if he failed to show up. Six to seven teens were involved, including the suspect who allegedly stabbed the victim in the chest. Morris was in critical condition when he was rushed to South Nassau Hospital, but died of his injuries after several hours.