Grand jury indicts suspect in fatal stabbing
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.