Shooting Suspect Arrest

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 1, 2008 at 6:44 PM EDT

Binghamton Police believe they've solved the city's first homicide this year.

Police arrested 33-year old Kenneth A. Hawkins of Vestal.

He's accused of gunning down a man on a city street two weeks ago.

Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney has more details.

In this van, Binghamton Police haul away a murder suspect to the Broome County Jail.

This morning, police arrest Kenneth Hawkins and charged him with Manslaughter.

"Was taken into custody on Robinson Street without incident," said Captain Alex Minor.

Binghamton Police believe he shot 36-year old Curtis Jones on Griswold Street in March.

Although shot in the leg, Jones bled to death.

For 2 weeks, detectives searched for a suspect.

"I can't go into a lot of details what led us to Mr. Hawkins," said Minor.

Police do say Hawkins has been a suspect since the beginning.

They say he was known to be an acquaintance of Jones'.

Early on in their investigation, they said a confrontation between 2 men took place outside Jones' home.

"We're still suspecting that there was a confrontation. But I can't go into many details."

Then after this apparent altercation, a dark colored SUV was in the area.

Police say they now have a vehicle matching that description in their possession.

Still, they have not recovered a weapon.

Hawkins was arraigned in Binghamton City Court.

He pleaded not guilty to Manslaughter and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

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