Grand jury in­dicts sus­pect in fatal stab­bing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

An Or­ange County grand jury has in­dicted Jaun­tae Brown, 20, of Spring Val­ley, for sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the death of Sil­ver Lake vol­un­teer fire­fighter Justin Speights.

Speights, also 20, was fa­tally stabbed with a knife early on New Year’s Day 2016 when he tried to break up a fight out­side a house party in the town of Craw­ford.

It took law en­force­ment al­most a year to de­velop the ev­i­dence that led to Brown’s ar­rest in early De­cem­ber. The in­dict­ment charges Brown with mur­der, man­slaugh­ter, tam­per­ing with phys­i­cal ev­i­dence and crim­i­nal pos­ses­sion of a weapon.

Brown is be­ing held in the Or­ange County Jail.

Speights lived in the Or­ange County com­mu­nity of Scotch­town, was a grad­u­ate of Pine Bush High School and was a four-year mem­ber of the Sil­ver Lake Fire Depart­ment.

Two other men ar­rested in con­nec­tion with his death were charged with tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence.


Jaun­tae Brown, left, has been charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the Jan. 1, 2016, stab­bing death of Justin Speights, right.

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