Supporters Emerge For Dubey Murder Suspect
by Thomas MacMillan | Sep 18, 2012 11:30 am
Posted to: Legal Writes
In a brief court appearance, a dozen friends and family members turned out to support the 19-year-old accused of killing a popular New Haven bike mechanic.
Tashaun Fair, who’s accused of murdering Mitch Dubey, appeared just after 10 a.m. Tuesday in front of Judge Patrick Clifford on the sixth floor of the state courthouse on Church Street. His case was continued to Oct. 2.
Fair stands accused of the March 24, 2011, murder of 23-year-old Dubey (pictured), a well-liked vegan musician who worked as a mechanic at the Devil’s Gear bike shop downtown. Dubey was shot in the chest when a man came into his Newhallville home during a botched robbery. After 17 months of investigation, police arrested Fair last month. He has been in jail since, held on a $3 million bond.
Fair entered courtroom 6A on Tuesday wearing an oversized orange jumpsuit over a white T-shirt. A cross hung from a rosary around his neck. He wore black Converse sneakers.
The proceedings were brief. Public defender Thomas Ullman made an appearance as Fair’s attorney. Assistant State’s Attorney Jack Doyle is the prosecutor.
Ullman later said that Fair will be entering a plea of not guilty.
Fair looked back at his supporters as he was led out of the room. His friends and family members filed out of the courtroom after he was taken away. They declined to speak to the press.
Meanwhile, a flyer on Whalley Avenue boldly proclaimed Fair “innocent.” Spotted on a telephone pole outside Harbor Freight hardware store, the poster shows pictures of Fair as a boxer and basketball player. Handwritten text reads, “On March 24th, 2011 Tashaun Fair was at home. Justice for Tashaun Ali Fair!!!!”
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Innocent? Didn’t Fair admit to the murder after his recent arrest?
Robn, I don’t think he has admitted to anything. The affidavit cited in the last NHI story was based on interviews with other people.
police claim he admitted to the murder. What really happened has yet to emerge. Its very telling that almost every single article to surface since Tashaun’s arrest-instead of focusing on unbiased and clear evidence used against him, they just talk about how great Mitch was.
How many times do news articles ever give the life story of somebody killed in new haven? Why is Mitch’s life story sufficient enough to know that Tashaun is guilty? it seems like this is tainting the publics assessment of the situation because we keep being told how good and innocent Mitch was. But nothing tangible about Tashaun other than that an informant pointed him out. Informants are usually people facing charges who the police bribe/blackmail into fabricating charges against somebody because its either them or the other person and you’re gonna look out for yourself.
This whole case is extremely racially loaded yet no news article seems to be representative of this. How often do the police say a murder victim is considered totally innocent from the start? How often does somebody’s death warrant multiple articles talking about how noteworthy and important their lives were to their community. The response of the Dubey family and many friends and supporters reveals a lot of underlying racism in the search for his killer. I think Mitch deserves to have his story told and his life considered important. But why, then, shouldnt all other victims of violence in New Haven? because they’re poor? because they’re not white?
Mitch was in his own home enjoying a “potluck” with friends when an uninvited person targeted him, entered his home, and took his life. Does not get much more innocent than that. A tragedy for all involved.
I have to say that in reading all of the stories regarding this awful crime, it has been all about how wonderful this person was. And I surely do not knock that. I feel it is a terrible thing when someones’ life is taken in this fashion. However, it is true that not all victims get numerous stories written about their lives and backgrounds. God forbid if it is a young black man killed-then the story reads totally different and may have pictures included. Noone deserves to have their lives taken by another. But if you are going to report on these cases, then report equally and fairly.
The majority of murders in New Haven involve gang-on-gang violence. Like it or not, most people aren’t sympathetic when criminals kill each other. I do recall in recent years, much sympathy from press and readers going out to the victims of a murderous arson, a child killed by a reckless driver, and other senseless killing of innocents (some caucasian, some not). The Dubey killing has gotten a lot of attention because apart from his being a good upstanding citizen, he was also the victim of a home invasion; a particularly realistic nightmare for CT residents.
Robn-by no means did I wish to imply that this crime is not horrendous to say the least. Everyone should be able to enjoy their home and friends peacefully without fear of being attacked without provocation. And from what I have read, yes, he was a great guy and an asset to the community. My point was simply that it seems the police began to make it a point to find a suspect more quickly when the numerous stories began to come out in print.