Accused Murderer’s Family, Victim’s Family Brawl In NY Courthouse [VIDEO]

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  • Family members of Pedro Merchant, 20, who was arraigned on second-degree murder charges Friday, September 21, brawled with the family of his 17-year-old victim, Dante Quinones, in a courthouse in Hempstead, New York, leading to members of both families being arrested, reports the NY Daily News.

    L-R: Accused murderer, Pedro Merchant, 20; Victim Dante Quinones, 17.

    L-R: Accused murderer, Pedro Merchant, 20; Victim Dante Quinones, 17.

    According to the Nassau County Police Department, the two families were removed from the courtroom, but once they spilled out into the street, the brawl ballooned to include approximately 100 people.

    Eleven court officers were injured in the melee, with one requiring hospitalization.

    Abdul Rahim Robinson (from left), Jerry Merchant and Louis Merchant were arrested, along with three other men, on charges of rioting and criminal contempt following massive Hempstead court brawl.

    L-R: Abdul Rahim Robinson, Jerry Merchant and Louis Merchant (PHOTO CREDIT: NY Daily News)

    According to the Daily News, “the six alleged brawlers — Rahim Robinson, 22, Aaron Munlin, 20, Jerry Merchant, 50, Louis Merchant, 51, Shapeace Goodwine, 22, and Terry Green, 28 — were all expected to be back in the same court Saturday for their own arraignments.”

    Shapeace Goodwine (from left), Terry Green and Aaron Munlin were also arrested in the free-for-all, and will have to return to the same courthouse Saturday for their own arraignments.

    L-R: Shapeace Goodwine, Terry Green and Aaron Munlin (PHOTO CREDIT: NY Daily News)

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