NEW HAVEN — A man facing charges in connection with a double homicide at the Oakdale Theatre in December 2016 appeared in court on Tuesday.
Tivon Edwards, 34, of 154 Sheffield St., New Haven was charged on July 16, 2018 with two counts of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit.
He appeared in New Haven Superior Court and had his case continued to March 16. Edwards has not entered a plea to the charges. He is currently held on $1 million bond.
Kyle Hampton, 23, of 20 Half Mile Road, North Haven, was taken into custody on July 13, 2018 and charged with two counts of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit. According to the state judicial website, his case is pending a jury trial. He is held on $200,000 bond and has not entered pleas to the charges.
Two New Haven men, Travis Ward, 31, and Jacquan Graves, 20, were killed in the shooting outside the South Turnpike Road concert venue on Dec. 30, 2016 following a performance by rap artist Meek Mill. Ward was killed by a single gunshot wound to his upper chest. Graves was shot at least six times, including three times in the neck. Two others were injured.
The shooting stemmed from a dispute between two groups inside the concert, police said.
Police interviewed witnesses and obtained a partial license plate for a blue BMW involved in the shooting. Police found eight BMWs registered in the state that matched the information, and checked the registered owners against a ticket sale list for the concert.
Police discovered Hampton purchased four tickets and was the only one listed as having a blue BMW with the partial plate match, according to Hampton’s arrest warrant. Police spoke with witnesses and members of each group and identified Edwards as being at the show with Hampton at the time of the shooting.
On March 7, 2017 a “controlled” meeting was set up by authorities between Edwards and a cooperating witness, who was equipped with audio and video recording devices, according to a warrant for Edwards’ arrest.
Edwards got into the passenger seat of a car driven by the witness, the warrant said. When asked what the “beef” was about in regard to the shooting, Edwards said “it was something in the moment and that those on the other side of the dispute were ‘wilding out.’”
On the night of the shooting, Edwards said he was sitting in the car and saw Graves arguing with Hampton, the warrant said. Edwards said Graves approached Hampton acting like he had a gun, and he and Hampton reportedly shot him. Edwards said another person got involved and fired back, so Edwards and Hampton returned fire.
During an interview with police on Nov. 22, 2017, Hampton said when he saw Graves walking toward his car with a gun drawn, he got a gun out of his car and shot him.
Authorities recovered 18 shell casings, six bullets, and a revolver while investigating at the scene in the Oakdale parking lot.