Dennis Edwards, Jr.


Age: 95

judge who presided over the trial of John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman while he had served for more than 15 years as a law secretary to the New York Supreme Court before Mayor Robert F. Wagner appointed him a judge on the criminal court in 1965 and was re-appointed by mayors John V. Lindsay in 1972 and Edward I. Koch in 1981, who set bail, heard testimony, and pronounced sentences (or dismissed charges) for a long procession of Vietnam War protesters, restaurateur Toots Shor (accused of assaulting an unruly customer in 1967), and a teenage robbery suspect who charged the bench and hit Judge Edwards over the head with his shoe at the criminal court, which handles arraignments and misdemeanor crimes.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: August 19, 1921

Died: April 13, 2017

New York City, New York