HARTFORD — A man indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a 2013 homicide pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, officials said.
Antwane “Buck” Williams-Bey, 30, was charged in connection with what authorities described as the “drug-related” killing of 21-year-old Valentin Santos Jr. in Hartford on Aug. 12, 2013.
A federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment on Sept. 24, 2020, that charged Williams-Bey with the fatal shooting of Santos, according to federal prosecutors.
The indictment alleges that “Williams-Bey murdered Mr. Santos in relation to and in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes, and that he did so deliberately, maliciously and with premeditation.”
He appeared by video conference before a federal charge on Tuesday and entered a not guilty plea.
If convicted, Williams-Bey faces a mandatory term of life in prison or death if the government seeks the death penalty in the matter, officials said.
Williams-Bey, a former East Windsor resident, has been detained in federal custody since February 2017. He is serving a federal sentence for a narcotics offense.