Two ar­rested in death of man at party face lesser charges

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

Two men ar­rested in the stab­bing death of a Con­necti­cut man who had at­tended a party at a lux­ury apart­ment in New York City are now charged with con­ceal­ing a corpse and hin­der­ing pros­e­cu­tion.

James Rack­over, of New York City, and Lawrence Dil­ione, of Jersey City, New Jersey, were ar­rested on charges that ini­tially in­cluded mur­der. They were ar­raigned only on the lesser charges.

Nonethe­less, dur­ing the hear­ing late Thurs­day, As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney An­toinette Carter al­leged that “one or both of these peo­ple com­mit­ted a mur­der.” Au­thor­i­ties found a body in Ocean­port, New Jersey, on Wed­nes­day while in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of Joseph Co­mu­nale of Stam­ford.

Rack­over’s lawyer says the case has “se­ri­ous prob­lems” and will be “vig­or­ously” con­tested. Dil­ione’s at­tor­ney did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

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