Alleged Murderer Who Stayed Friends with Victim’s Family Arrested
A 56-year-old man was charged in the brutal cold-case murder of his neighbor whose naked body was found on a Brooklyn rooftop with gunshot wounds to her head. The murder has gone unsolved since 1992, and during that time the accused murderer kept up a friendly relationship with the young woman’s family.
Calvin Grant, of Brownsville, Brooklyn, was arrested last week for the 1992 slaying of Stacy Lynnette Joyner after Brooklyn prosecutors found that no one ever performed DNA tests on swabs taken from her mouth.
He was charged Thursday with second-degree murder and was ordered held without bail, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced.
On April 11, 1992, 21-year-old Stacey Lynette Joyner was found on the roof of 230 Lott Ave. by security guards who heard a gunshot and rushed to the roof. According to prosecutors, the woman was naked and unresponsive and had two gunshot wounds to the head.
The case was revived in the spring of 2018 when the District Attorney’s Cold Case Unit reviewed the case file and determined that oral swabs taken from the victim at the time of the autopsy had not been previously tested for DNA evidence, according to court documents.
Testing allegedly revealed that semen found on the oral swabs matched the DNA of Grant, which was on file with the New York State DNA databank after a 2000 conviction in Brooklyn for third-degree robbery.
Prosecutors said that during their investigation they discovered that Grant lived in the building next door to the scene of the murder at the time. An individual who knew him allegedly got into a confrontation with him on the rooftop hours before the murder and observed he had a gun, according to the investigation.
“My Cold Case Unit works tirelessly to ensure that justice is obtained for all murder victims in Brooklyn, no matter how long it takes,” Eric Gonzalez said. “A review of the evidence in this cold case and new DNA testing have allowed us to charge this defendant with a heinous crime and we will now seek to hold him accountable.”
Grant was arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Laura Johnson on one count of second-degree murder and will be held without bail until his next court date on April 5, 2019. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
But Joyner’s family still has many questions…Why did it take about 30 years to test the swabs and find Grant’s alleged semen? Why didn’t they question Grant after someone reportedly saw him on the Brownsville roof where the 21-year-old’s lifeless body was found stripped naked with two gunshots to the head?
“He’s a monster,” said Miles Joyner, nephew of the victim. “He just took my aunt and he’s walking around smiling in my face.”
“This case is crazy, it’s like in the movies. The killer has been living right here the whole time. He’s walking around among us, smiling at us,” he said.
Joyner’s mother sobbed as she recalled Grant living nearby scot-free while cops appeared indifferent.
“Nobody cared. It was not a high profile case. Like it was just swept under the rug. He was right there the whole time,” said Jaqueline Joyner Graham, 65, who remembered Grant once telling her son, “I want your sister.”
“I can’t believe they didn’t test those swabs. Everybody suspected him. Everybody said check him. How did they not check? It was just like they didn’t really care,” she said. “They need to put [Grant] under the jail and never let him out.”