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(Newsday) A North Amityville woman made two logical decisions that led to her getting fatally shot four times in the head and once in the chest while she slept, a Suffolk prosecutor told a jury Tuesday. DeFelice’s attorney, Richard Stafford of Bohemia, said Newbeck killed Jenkins on his own. “Joe’s actions are that of a witness,” Stafford said. “Joe didn’t want Mandy Jo to die.”

(Newsday) A West Babylon man pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to an indictment charging him with stabbing his older brother to death during an argument over beer. “He loves his brother,” said his attorney, Richard Stafford. “He would never intentionally kill his brother. They were supposed to go camping this weekend.”

(Newsday) An attorney for a North Amityville man said Tuesday his client’s failure to immediately notify police of his girlfriend’s August 2010 killing makes him a coward, not a murderer. Defense attorney Richard Stafford, of Bohemia, told jurors that Joseph DeFelice, 34, should not have waited more than two hours to call 911 to notify authorities that Mandy Jo Jenkins, 30, had been fatally shot. “Being a coward is not a crime,” Stafford said in his closing argument before Suffolk County Court Judge John Toomey Jr. in Riverhead.

(Newsday) A little more than a month after a man shot a North Amityville woman to death in a Halloween products warehouse and drove off with her body, police found her decomposed remains next to a Dead End sign and a cemetery in North Lindenhurst, a detective testified Thursday. Prosecutors say DeFelice let Newbeck into the apartment he shared with Jenkins in the warehouse and that Newbeck shot her four times in the head and once in the chest. DeFelice’s attorney, Richard Stafford of Bohemia, has said Newbeck acted alone.

(Newsday) Joseph DeFelice, 34, said his friend David Newbeck, 36, showed up about 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2010, at the Halloween products warehouse where he lived with Mandy Jo Jenkins, shot her and left, Det. Guido Cirenza testified. Cirenza said he asked for more detail on the other man, whom DeFelice had sometimes described as wearing a bandanna and other times wearing a ski mask. During cross-examination by defense attorney Richard Stafford of Bohemia, Cirenza said Newbeck didn’t tell his client what he was doing when he packed the gun and the tarps.

(Newsday)A Suffolk homicide detective denied a defense attorney’s suggestion Monday that he assumed from the start that a North Amityville man was guilty of helping to kill his girlfriend. During cross-examination of Det. Thomas Walsh, defense attorney Richard Stafford of Bohemia asked about his interrogation training, which teaches that suspects should be questioned as if they are guilty and steered toward making admissions. Outside the jury’s presence afterward, Stafford asked Toomey to dismiss the case. “There’s no evidence whatsoever that my client intended for Mandy Jo Jenkins to die,” he said. “He didn’t want Dave to kill Mandy.”

(Newsday) Before Joseph DeFelice reported his girlfriend’s killing to police in the summer of 2010, he phoned an acquaintance and said a friend, David Newbeck, had shot her, the acquaintance testified Monday at DeFelice’s murder trial in Riverhead. “Dave killed his girlfriend,” said Anthony Cassino, 39, recalling what DeFelice told him on the morning of Aug. 23, 2010. DeFelice’s attorney, Richard Stafford of Bohemia, has said Newbeck acted alone. Newbeck, 36, of Massapequa, is to be tried separately later. On cross-examination, Cassino acknowledged that when he was questioned by police in August 2010, he did not say DeFelice helped Newbeck.

(Newsday) The North Amityville man who called the police to say his girlfriend was shot and taken away from the Halloween products warehouse where they lived was fidgety, excitable and had a shifting story, police officers testified Wednesday in Suffolk County Court. Biancavilla told jurors that one way DeFelice helped Newbeck was by taking his Rottweiler out of the apartment before letting Newbeck in. But during cross-examination by defense attorney Richard Stafford of Bohemia, Petzold and the other officers said they didn’t see or hear a dog at the warehouse. Stafford also asked Petzold if DeFelice was upset about the shooting, in addition to being nervous. “Upset?” Petzold said. “That’s the one thing I didn’t see in him.”

(Newsday) An argument over a beer turned deadly late Saturday afternoon when a West Babylon man stabbed his brother to death inside the house they shared with their elderly father, police said. John Beaumont, 54, pleaded not guilty Sunday at his arraignment in Central Islip to the fatal stabbing a day earlier of his brother Thomas, 57. “He said he is innocent and is willing to testify before the grand jury,” said John Beaumont’s attorney, Richard Stafford of Bohemia.

(Newsday) More than 28 years after a Brooklyn man was found bludgeoned and stabbed almost 40 times by the side of the Southern State Parkway, State Police used DNA evidence to make an arrest in the case Wednesday. Since Darwish’s death, Innab has been in and out of prison on a variety of theft convictions, said Biancavilla and defense attorney Richard Stafford of Bohemia. However, Stafford said his client denies having anything to do with Darwish’s death. “He doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” Stafford said. “He asserts his innocence.”

(Newsday) A Massapequa High School senior arrested Tuesday for allegedly making “terroristic threats” to a classmate about bombing the school and killing people also said he had a list of those he wished had been in the July movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., court records show. Court papers indicate that he maintained from the start that someone else, not he, had made the threats. His attorney, Richard B. Stafford of Bohemia, said it wasn’t clear when or whether the family could post the bail. “He’s claiming his innocence,” Stafford said outside court, adding: “He is an honor student. He is a good kid, never been in trouble before.”

(Newsday) One by one, each member of the jury deciding the fate of Darian and Darrell Taylor uttered a single word – guilty – and the brothers flew into a rage. Their brief tirade came at the end of an emotionally charged trial in which they were found guilty of gang assault and first-degree assault on New York City firefighter Richard Berkhout on the Sept. 11 anniversary last year.

(Newsday) Suffolk County police have arrested a Central Islip teenager in the stabbing death of a 24-year-old man whose body was found early Thursday in a wooded lot in Brentwood. Mario D. Cruz, 17, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder Saturday in First District Court in Central Islip. Defense attorney Richard Stafford of Bohemia said his client has been in Suffolk County for three years. Of the stabbing, Stafford said, “It’s not the way it seems.”

(Newsday) In announcing the arrests of four people on charges of vandalism at a Bay Shore gay and lesbian youth center, police Tuesday said it was an act of revenge and not a hate crime. “We were calling it a hate crime investigation because of public perception,” said Det. Sgt. Robert Reecks, commanding officer of the Suffolk police hate crimes unit, which pursued the case because of the center’s mission. “He was just hanging out with the wrong person,” said Diaz’s mother, Wanda, after the arraignment, where Diaz’s lawyer Richard Stafford said his client was a National Guard veteran who worked at McDonald’s.

(Examiner) Nearly three decades after a Brooklyn man was found fatally stabbed along Hecksher State Parkway, a grand jury has handed down an indictment in the case and a Brooklyn man is now behind bars accused of murder, New York State police said Wednesday. After the court appearance, Innab’s lawyer, Richard Stafford of Bohemia spoke with reporters and defended his client’s innocence. “He knows he wasn’t out in Hecksher State Park at the time,” Stafford said.

(News 12) Video of Sentence of Sentence of Joseph Defelease.

(News 12) A North Amityville man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the murder of his girlfriend. Joseph DeFelice was sentenced today for the shooting death of Mandy Jo Jenkins. Prosecutors say DeFelice set up his girlfriend to be executed in their apartment and got his friend, David Newbeck, of Massapequa, to pull the trigger while Jenkins slept.

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