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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
July 28, 2017

DA VANCE: LLOYD MCKENZIE CONVICTED AT TRIAL FOR MURDER OF BRANDON WOODARD

Three Co-Defendants Convicted for Interstate Drug Conspiracy Underlying Woodard’s Murder
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of LLOYD MCKENZIE, 39, for the murder of Brandon Woodard, who was fatally shot on the sidewalk of West 58th Street in December 2012. MCKENZIE was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of Murder in the Second Degree for his role in orchestrating the killing, including acting as the getaway driver. The shooting stemmed from a major interstate drug conspiracy, for which MCKENZIE was also convicted of Operating as a Major Trafficker and Conspiracy in the Second Degree, among other charges. Co-conspirators DARRYL MASON, 53, LATURE IRVIN SR., 45, and MICHAEL WISDOM, 41, were convicted of charges including Conspiracy in the Second Degree for their part in the drug operation. The next court date is September 14, 2017.
 
“Brandon Woodard’s death was nothing less than an execution – an incredibly brazen, cold-blooded killing on the streets of Midtown Manhattan at midday,” said District Attorney Vance. “Today, a jury found Lloyd McKenzie responsible for Woodard’s murder, and three of his co-conspirators guilty of running a sophisticated, interstate cocaine trafficking operation. I would like to thank the jurors for their thoughtful deliberations on this complex case, as well as the prosecutors in my Office’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit and the NYPD who never ceased in their pursuit of justice.” 
 
As proven at trial, between August 1, 2012, and December 19, 2012, the four defendants engaged in a bicoastal conspiracy to sell large quantities of cocaine. Over the course of the conspiracy – orchestrated on the East Coast by MCKENZIE – the defendants shipped multiple kilograms of cocaine from Los Angeles to New York City. 
 
Typically, MASON, working on the West Coast, supplied cocaine to IRVIN SR. to be shipped to New York. IRVIN SR. packaged and shipped the cocaine to addresses in Queens provided by MCKENZIE and WISDOM. The packages of cocaine were then picked up by WISDOM and other co-conspirators to be resold in New York.
 
Further, as proven at trial, at approximately 2 p.m. on December 10, 2012, MCKENZIE arranged to meet Brandon Woodard on West 58th Street near Seventh Avenue, and drove an unapprehended individual to the area in a rental car. The individual exited the car, shot Mr. Woodard from behind once in the back of his neck, and fled in the car being driven by MCKENZIE. The victim died at the scene.
 
Assistant District Attorneys Christopher Prevost and Jon Veiga, Deputy Chiefs of the Violent Criminal Enterprise Unit, handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Christopher Ryan, Chief of the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, and Executive District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Senior Investigative Analyst Stephanie Littell provided valuable assistance with the case. 
 
District Attorney Vance thanked members of the NYPD’s Midtown North Detective Squad, Manhattan South Homicide Squad, and the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. IMPACT).
 
 
Defendant Information:
 
LLOYD MCKENZIE, a/k/a “Bay,” a/k/a “Bay Lloyd,” D.O.B. 1/30/1978
Queens, NY
 
Convicted:
  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-I felony, 1 count
  • Operating as a Major Trafficker, a class A-I felony, one count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, 10 counts
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 10 counts 
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class B felony, two counts
 
DARRYL MASON, a/k/a “D,” D.O.B. 4/18/1964
Los Angeles, CA
 
Convicted: 
  • Operating as a Major Trafficker, a class A-I felony, one count
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, 4 counts
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count
 
LATURE IRVIN SR., D.O.B. 7/28/1972
Los Angeles, CA
 
Convicted: 
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, 10 counts
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count
 
MICHAEL WISDOM, a/k/a “Wiz,” D.O.B. 2/1/1976
Queens, NY
 
Convicted: 
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, 3 counts
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, 3 counts 
 
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