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Finally Some Peace for FF Father of Slain Son

Finally Some Peace for FF Father of Slain Son

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The Middleton Press via YellowBrix

July 01, 2010

NEW HAVEN — A 30-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday in the shooting death of a city firefighter’s son.

Jermaine Scott, of New Haven, said nothing during a short court appearance. A judge kept his bail at $1 million. The arrest warrant affidavit in the case was sealed.

Scott is charged with repeatedly shooting Marquise Baskin on June 19 behind 660 Winchester Ave., not far from the home of a young woman Baskin had been seeing.

He died two days later at the Hospital of Saint Raphael.

Police have not revealed a motive in the killing.

Scott has a felony record, the most serious of which involving a 2000 gun case.

Baskin had no record. He was arrested in around 2005 in connection with a shooting but that charge ultimately was dismissed.

Judicial Marshal Alphonso Benjamin, who is assigned to Superior Court at 121 Elm St., returned to work for the first time since the funeral Wednesday. He is Baskin’s uncle.

“He’s my only nephew who I will miss with all my heart. Everybody loves Marquise,” he said.

He went to the cellblock to get a look at his nephew’s alleged killer and was shocked when he recognized him. He then stood silently in the courtroom for the proceeding.

“He was friends with Marquise, a while ago,” said Benjamin.

Baskin is the son of New Haven Firefighter Jeff Baskin.

“The family is crushed. It’s indescribable losing your only child,” said Benjamin. He spoke about black-on-black crime that has become an epidemic in New Haven.

“Parents need to come to the table and be parents. Everything starts from home.”

Scott was arrested Tuesday in Middletown by the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task force, which is comprised of marshals and police from Hamden, Milford and New Haven.

Paul Winterhalder, a supervisory deputy U.S. Marshal, said the task force expanded on intelligence generated by New Haven police and checked out an address of an “associate” of Scott. There, task force members observed an unoccupied car that Scott was known to be using.

“They set up surveillance on the car until he came out and we arrested him.”


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