Court papers: Homicide suspect admits to shooting, killing man in Rochester

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Police say a Wayne County man has admitted to shooting and killing another man, following an investigation that spanned from Rochester to Syracuse.

In court papers, police say Aries Ash admitted to shooting the victim, Maximillion Cook, on Pennsylvania Avenue in Rochester on March 23. The victim’s body was found in a vacant home on Dearborn Place in Syracuse on Tuesday as a result of an investigation by Rochester and state police.

Right now, it’s not clear how the victim’s body ended up in Syracuse after being shot on Rochester’s northeast side.

Both Ash, 30, and Charisse Walton,36, who Ash said was with him at the time of the murder, are charged with murder.

Both suspects were arrested on Tuesday after a short police chase in Rochester. Officers said Ash and Walton were in a car that drove away from officers on Culver Road and later crashed into a dump truck on Clifford Avenue. Neither suspect was seriously hurt in the crash.

Julie Hahn, Assistant District Attorney We’ll be doing that work in the grand jury and have the grand jury make a decision as to the charges.

The family of the victim, Maximilion Cook, say they are still trying to connect the dots on the case, and much of it does not make sense. They remembered Max as an aspiring musician, and a committed family man, who did more for others than he did for himself. 

Betty McCoy, Maximillion’s Aunt says, “I’m never going to get over it. He was my baby, too. He was my baby, too.

Chaz Mitchell, Maximillion’s younger brother says, He had the biggest heart. I say, his heart was bigger than mine. People always say ‘Oh you’re so positive Chaz,’ well, it’s because I learned from my brother.

And McCoy’s hope for the fates of Ash and Walton? “Well, God will pay for them. He’ll take care of them. And I hope they get what they deserve.

Perhaps inspired by his older brother, Mitchell is advocating for more love. “I hope that everybody begins to love themselves, I feel as though the people who committed those heinous acts of crimes, they don’t ultimately love themselves, he adds.

The Assistant District Attorney says she anticipates this will go to a grand jury before the preliminary hearing on April 1. 

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