Convoluted Murder Case Gives Writer Chance to Harken Back to 'West Side Story'

A teenager was shot and paralyzed in Spanish Harlem in 1960; he died last month; and the NYPD reclassified his case as a homicide, half a century later. Cops are such sticklers.

The original shooter is already dead, and the shooting victim turned out to be a badass from his wheelchair:

Police records show the shooting did not curtail William Jenkins's criminal behavior. Wheelchair Willie was arrested four times from 1971 through 1991, on criminal charges including attempted murder. In 1975, he was accused of robbing someone from his wheelchair, the police said, and was sent to prison for three years on lesser charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Dumb. But it makes for a good metro story! [NYT]