Questions arise on the age of man accused in Williamsbridge deli murder

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The man accused of shooting and killing a bodega employee in Williamsbridge last week appeared before a judge on Friday.

Adrien Topping is accused of pulling a gun on Mohammed Quitash last Tuesday.

Police say Topping shot and killed Quitash inside the deli on White Plains Road.

Witnesses tell News 12 that the shooting resulted from an argument between Topping's girlfriend and Quitash after he refused to sell her any loose cigarettes.

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Topping's lawyer says that despite what the court paperwork says, her client is only 18-years-old. However, according to the police, the defendant is 28.

Topping was being held at a faculty for adults, but the judge approved the request for topping to be moved to a holding cell for those 18-and-younger.

Topping is being charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

Quitash's father says he just wants Topping to go to jail.

The case has been adjourned and Topping is due back in court on Feb. 24.

 

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