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A former Dixwell Avenue man has been charged in a shooting that left another man seriously injured two years ago, according to police.


A second person has been arrested in connection with a July 2010 shooting that left a Hamden man permanently injured.

Kevin Blackman, 23, whose last known address is 2671 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, was arrested last week at Meriden Superior Court, where he was appearing on unrelated charges.

Blackman, who is currently incarcerated at the Carl Robinson Correctional Center in Enfield, was charged with first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault in connection with the July 2, 2010 shooting of John Belcher, who was found face-down in the driveway of an Elliot Drive home with a gunshot wound to his chest and neck, according to Hamden Police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith.

Belcher was taken to the Hospital of Saint Raphael with serious life threatening injuries, Smith said. He survived but suffered permanent injuries, Smith said

Blackman was held on an additional $250,000 court ordered bond, Smith said.

"A preliminary investigation at the time revealed that Belcher was confronted by three individuals who were wearing face masks," Smith said. "Witnesses believed that at least two of the individuals were in the possession of handguns. In addition, they believed that several gunshots were fired."

In October of this year, police arrested Marquis Winfrey Sr., 22, of 28 Fawn Ridge Rd., Hamden, charging him with first-degree assault and criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault.
Both Blackman and Winfrey have criminal records, according to the State Judicial website.


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