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Suspects in Peekskill Stabbing Death Indicted

Sunil Williams, 29, and Maurice Walker, 33, were indicated for their roles in the Nov. 23 stabbing death of Alexander Rochester, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced today.

Two suspects in the Nov. 23 stabbing death of a Peekskill man were indicted on counts of murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon today.

The Westchester County District Attorney announced that Sunil Williams, 29, and Maurice Walker, 33, were indicated on the charges second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies, for the death of 23-year-old Alexander Rochester.

Rochester, who recently moved to the area from the Bronx, was stabbed at about 10:30 a.m. in the vicinity of the Platinum barbershop, located on 629 South St.

Police said Rochester and Walker, the barbershop’s owner, Maurice Walker, got into a fight that morning and Williams, who worked at the barbershop, jumped in to help Walker. Williams stabbed Rochester before fleeing the scene.

He was rushed to Hudson Valley Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police began an investigation and arrested Williams that day. They arrested Walker on Nov. 28 after reviewing surveillance video from inside the shop.

Investigators said the incident stemmed from a prior dispute and occurred outside the barbershop.

Bail was set at $150,000 for defendant Walker; Williams was remanded to Westchester County Jail.

Their next court date is Jan. 31.

The defendants each face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison on the top count of the indictment.

Assistant District Attorney Christine O’Connor and Assistant District Attorney Shameika Mathurin of the Superior Court Trial Division are prosecuting the case.

Ron Reagan January 10, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Justice for Al.. he didn't deserve to die like a dog in the street.
Teleman January 10, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Hopefully the governor will scream and yell for more regulations on knives-
hunter for life January 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Who is better then these animals ? They get there lawyers paid for , three meals a day ,and warm place to sleep every night These animals should be tortued and stabbed the way they killed the the young man. Taxpayers should not have to support these animals .
James January 11, 2013 at 02:34 AM
That's idiotic.
KM January 11, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Thats what is wrong with THIS country! We treat our child molesters, rapists, murderers TOO DAMN good. Other countries jails..these dirty MFers are all in one cell, sitting on hard concrete dirty floors and sleeping on a thin dirty raggedy mattress and doing hard manual labor!
DVR January 14, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Whatever happened to the good old days where people fought but lived to see another day? Everything was resolved with Fists not knives.
ED HICKEY January 18, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Have to say amen DVR! I'm even at the point where I'm thinking they had it right back in the day when two young boys would be put in a boxing ring and allowed to "go at it" with 16oz. gloves for the three minutes it would last ... in school! Nobody ever could get truly injured and boys were taught to be men. Our society has raised a generation without any concept of GOD, accountability, respect, and morality.

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