Kenneth Minor Guilty of Murder in the Second Degree

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the conviction of KENNETH MINOR in the murder of Jeffrey Locker, a motivational speaker from Long Island, New York. MINOR was convicted of one count of Murder in the Second Degree.

“This was murder for money, not a mercy killing, which is why we prosecuted the case as an intentional murder,” said District Attorney Vance. “We believe the jurors got it right with their verdict, and thank them for their service.”

On July 16, 2009, Jeffrey Locker’s body was found in his car on 30 Palladino Avenue. Locker’s hands were tied behind his back and he had been stabbed multiple times in the abdomen.

MINOR was arrested on July 21, 2009, and charged with Locker’s death. Video evidence presented at trial captured MINOR on surveillance tape entering Jeffrey Locker’s car on the night of his death. MINOR was again caught on surveillance tape using Locker’s ATM card that same evening to take money from Locker’s bank account. MINOR also took and sold Locker’s cell phone.

At trial, evidence was entered which supported that MINOR killed Locker following an agreement between the two men. Locker asked MINOR to kill him in exchange for monetary compensation. In a statement to police, MINOR said that Locker told him he wanted to die because of financial difficulties. The evidence entered at trial showed Locker was in substantial debt and that he had recently purchased life insurance policies.

Defendant Information:
New York, NY


Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count
A class A felony is punishable by 25 years to Life in prison.