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Queens judge tossed conviction of man found guilty in shooting as juror knew defendant, victim

A Queens judge on Thursday tossed the conviction of a man found guilty of shooting a high-school basketball standout because one of the jurors knew the defendant and victim.

Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder said the verdict was tainted by the stunning revelations that one of the jurors went to middle school with both the defendant, McHarland Cotiere, 23, as well as the victim, former basketball prospect Joshua Arrington.

“The court finds that the (new information) renders the defendant’s trial unfair,” Holder said.

Arrington, now 22, was shot three times in Hollis in 2011.

Doctors amputated his leg after the vicious attack, effectively ending his basketball career.

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