State law enforcement intervened after a radical judge in New York City recently released a man suspected of killing his teenage stepson.
On January 23, 28-year-old Tyresse Minter was at his residence in the Bronx, out on parole for several weeks after serving three years for an assault conviction. While there, he and his 15-year-old stepson, Corde Scott, began arguing. Though the exact nature of their argument is unclear, tensions apparently escalated quickly. According to a statement from the district attorney’s office, Minter grabbed Corde by the neck and cut off the boy’s oxygen supply. Then, Minter allegedly wrapped his legs around his stepson to further restrain him. Corde eventually lost consciousness and died soon afterward. Minter reportedly waited at least 20 minutes before contacting authorities about the boy’s death.
On Wednesday, Minter appeared before Judge Naita Semaj in Bronx Criminal Court, charged with second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Semaj released Minter on bail despite his criminal history and violent past.
Corde’s mother Karen Glenn described the situation as “heartbreaking.” Glenn said Thursday that she was unable to believe the judge’s words.
Glenn soon learned that Judge Semaj is a veteran in the release of suspects in violent crimes. Semaj had previously sided alongside a teenage rapper who had allegedly shot an NYPD Officer. However, despite being on probation for a weapon offense, Semaj discovered that the officer had conducted an inappropriate search of the suspect. The case was dropped.
Glenn (35), said that he did not know that the judge had done it before. Glenn, also 35, stated that it was surprising that he didn’t hear bail.
Minter was released on his recognizance, but he wasn’t free for long. After Minter’s arrest, she released a statement.
“Public safety is my highest priority.” We will continue to work closely with law enforcement partners in order to improve the state’s public safety.
Hochul defeated Republican Lee Zeldin in November’s governor’s race. Hochul was heavily criticized for recent bail reforms that favor defendants but allow violent suspects to roam free, and she won the governor’s race in November.
Karen Glenn believes justice will prevail for her son, in spite of her grief and frustration.