Mount Vernon man pleads not guilty in teen's fatal shooting

The Mount Vernon man accused of fatally shooting a 13-year-old girl on New Year's Eve pleaded not guilty in a White Plains courtroom Friday.



Prosecutors say David Hardy, 21, killed an innocent bystander in a gang-related shooting. They say Hardy fired multiple shots on East Third Street in Mount Vernon, inadvertently striking Shamoya McKenzie, who was in the passenger seat of her mother's car.



Prosecutors say Hardy's intended target was Prince Scott. The attack, in broad daylight, also left Scott injured in the arm.



McKenzie was an up-and-coming basketball star. A group of her family members attended the court proceedings.



Hardy, who used a cane to walk into the courtroom, has been held in county jail without bail. The charges against him include second-degree murder.



"Like any young man, he's saddened and shocked that he's being accused," says defense attorney Deveraux Cannick.



Hardy's lawyer insists he is innocent and says he is concerned about getting a fair trial, considering the publicity surrounding the case.



Shamoya's mother, Nadine, dismissed those concerns.



"He will get a fair trial because God is judging," she said. "And the entire world is praying because Shemoya was innocent."



Hardy is due back in court in May.


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