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New York prosecutors have said the killing of a young mother by her ex-boyfriend was a 'premeditated execution'.
Azsia Johnson, a mother of two, was allegedly shot in the head by Isaac Argro on Manhattan's Upper East Side on Wednesday night.
Johnson was pushing the stroller of their baby infant girl at the time before she was shot at point-blank range.
Argo was arrested on Friday and arraigned on Saturday on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree weapons possession. He is now being held without bail.
The court heard how Argro was dressed in black and despite warm temperatures was wearing a ski mask while pacing back and forth as he lie in wait for Johnson, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Brittany DeCesare told Judge Eric Schumacher.
Isaac Argro is arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court after he was arrested for shooting Azsia Johnson, the Mother of his child, in the head killing her
'This case can only be described as a premeditated execution. The defendant persuaded the victim to meet after work and under the guise that he wanted to give the deceased items for their 3-month-old daughter,' DeCesare said.
'The defendant shot the mother of his child at point-blank range in the head, keeping his crying 3-month-old [daughter] in the stroller as he ran away,' the prosecutor said.
'With respect to bail your honor, the people are requesting that the defendant be remanded. This case can only be described as a premeditated execution,' DeCesare told the judge.
Argro will be back in court next week on July 7. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Johnson's mother, Lisa DeSort, was in Manhattan Criminal Court along with her other two daughters in order that she should come face to face with the alleged killer as he was arraigned, three days after her daughter was gunned down.
She began sobbing uncontrollably as the details of her daughter's killing were read aloud.
Isaac Argro, 22, was arrested on Friday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, after his ex-girlfriend was shot and killed
'I welcomed you into our life. I treated you like a son. And this is what you did to our family,' she said to the New York Daily News when asked if she had a message for him.
'I don't want him to get out, and I'm just focused on what needs to be done,' DeSort said as she waited for Argro's arraignment. 'I'm sure the adrenaline will wear out, and I'll be able to grieve. But right now, I'm focused.'
DeSort revealed to the News that she had not yet returned to her own home since the murder but felt an urge to attend the court hearing.
'I want to see him in court. I've been here because I had to be here. Nobody told me to come. I just knew I had to be here.'
'I thought that I could be stronger than what I was but I did have a little moment of a breakdown because it's the first time I actually heard what really happened in chronological order,' DeSort told the New York Post after court.
'To be honest, I wanted to jump up and scream out, "Coward! You're not a man, you're a monster." That's what I wanted to scream out,' she said.
'I honestly allowed you into my home. I don’t allow people into my home. I tried to treat you like a son. I wanted you to be a part of your daughter’s life. But you couldn’t be civil. That’s all we wanted. That’s all my daughter wanted,' she said.
'The baby’s perfectly fine and in great hands,' DeSort said.
A GoFundMe set up to help raise money for both of Johnson's children has raised $14,000.
DeSort was also joined at the courthouse along with two of Johnson's younger sisters, devastated at their sibling's death.
Lisa DeSort, mother of Azsia Johnson, 20, who was murdered on Wednesday is pictured at a vigil for her daughter on Friday night
'I want to see him in court. I've been here because I had to be here. Nobody told me to come. I just knew I had to be here,' DeSort said of her wanting to be in court at Saturday's arraignment
'My sister shouldn't have given him another chance,' said Dakota Johnson.
'She sought help for domestic abuse but they just didn't care and they couldn't help her,' said another sister, Jade Johnson.
Authorities say Johnson was heading to meet up with Agro last Wednesday evening after he had supposedly promised to bring clothes for the child, but he never showed up.
The pair were also going to discuss their relationship before Johnson was killed.
Just as she left the Samuel Seabury Playground around 8:30pm police said the suspect appeared wearing a hoodie and shot her in the head at point-blank range.
Argro was arrested on Friday in Brooklyn on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Azsia Johnson, 20, was fatally shot in the head while pushing her baby in a stroller on the Upper East Side on Wednesday. Isaac Argro, 22, has been charged with her murder
Johnson is pictures with another of her children who is being looked after by a family member
Johnson's family said Argro was a stalker and had threatened Johnson with phone calls and text messages in the past.
Johnson, meanwhile, had been living in a shelter close to where she was murdered.
Argro was arrested and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon on Friday evening having been apprehended in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.
He is said to be refusing to answer investigators' questions, and has reportedly demanded that he be allowed to speak with a lawyer.
On Thursday night, at a vigil, Johnson's mother said she had repeatedly called the police to report domestic violence, and her daughter moved into a shelter for abused women in East Harlem, near where she was killed.
She pointed the finger immediately at Argro.
Isaac Argro, 22, is seen leaving the 19th Precinct, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, on Friday night