Cops arrest wheelchair-bound man for alleged brutal Crown Heights murder

Arrested: 50-year-old Antonio Graham was arrested for allegedly murdering a 60-year-old man in Crown Heights on Sept. 17.
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Cops arrested a one-legged, wheelchair-bound homeless man for allegedly beating another man to death with a metal rod on Schenectady Avenue in Crown Heights on Sept. 17.

Prosecutors charged 50-year-old Antonio Graham — who had previously been arrested a staggering 45 times — with felony charges of manslaughter, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to a complaint filed by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

The suspect allegedly began arguing with the victim between Lincoln and St. Johns places shortly before 5 am, when the confrontation turned deadly and Graham repeatedly plunged the metal bar into 60-year-old Gary Smith’s face, according to court documents.

Graham had wheeled away from the crime scene by the time police officers from the 77th Precinct arrived and found Smith lying unconscious in a pool of his own blood, according to police.

First responders took Smith — who lived four blocks away from where the incident took place — to Kings County Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead from what the city’s medical examiner would later rule blunt force trauma to the head, according to authorities.

Cops cuffed Graham on Sept. 20 and found the murder weapon in his possession, according to court documents.

Graham was arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Sept. 21.

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