Man Arrested for Killing Musician in Queensbridge Last Year, Sources Say

By Jeanmarie Evelly on May 13, 2014 3:27pm 

 Clarence Scott was picked up by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Petersburg, VA and extradited to New York, authorities said.
Clarence Scott was picked up by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Petersburg, VA and extradited to New York, authorities said.
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QUEENS — A man was arrested in Virginia for the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old musician in Queensbridge last year, authorities said.

Clarence Scott, 29, of Queens, was arrested in the killing of Francisco Leal, who was shot in the chest at the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue in Long Island City on the night of Feb. 2, 2013, according to the NYPD.

Scott was picked up April 4 in Petersburg, VA, by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, where he was charged as a fugitive from justice and was held without bond until his extradition to New York, according to a rep for the Petersburg Bureau of Police.

The NYPD reached out to the Marshals in January, who learned that Scott might have fled to Petersburg on April 2.

The Times Ledger first reported the arrest on Friday.

According to the Queens District Attorney's Office, Scott was arraigned on April 25 on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon and ordered held without bail. Information on his attorney was not immediately available.

Leal, of the Upper West Side, had grown up in the Queensbridge Houses and was an aspiring hip-hop artist, friends told DNAinfo last year.

Police originally identified Scott as a suspect last December, but used the name Lawrence Scott, and said he was 28.

Leal's death sparked local politicians to call for an end to gun violence.

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