NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A woman arrested in the execution-like murder of a Brooklyn mother has been extradited back to New York to be charged.
The NYPD says 42-year-old Claudia Banton was charged Thursday with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
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Police said Banton was the woman seen on video shooting Delia Johnson in the head at close range on a sidewalk in Brooklyn on Aug. 4.
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Investigators said the two women were once friends, but the motive for the killing is still unclear.
“This was a cold-blooded execution of a woman who was a beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend who did not deserve to have her life taken from her. The accused has now been arrested and we will try to put her on trial for this senseless and tragic murder, “said Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez.
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Banton was remanded in custody earlier this month in Jacksonville, Florida.