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Suspects Charged With Murder In Westchester Sales Associate's Death

Joey Comunale
Joey Comunale Photo Credit: Instagram
The body of Joey Comunale, who was reported missing Sunday, was found Wednesday in New Jersey.
The body of Joey Comunale, who was reported missing Sunday, was found Wednesday in New Jersey. Photo Credit: Facebook

Two suspects have been charged with murder in connection with the stabbing death of a 26-year-old Westchester sales associate at a party in a Manhattan apartment last November, according to the Daily News.

James Rackover, 26, of Manhattan, and Lawrence Dilione, 28, of Jersey City, N.J., were indicted Wednesday on murder charges stemming from the death of Joseph "Joey" Comunale, according to the Daily News. Comunale was killed on Nov. 13 at the luxury apartment, and his body was discovered the next day in a shallow grave in New Jersey.

Comunale, a 2012 graduate of Hofstra University, worked as a sales associate at Tri-Ed in Elmsford. He lived in Stamford, Conn.

Rackover and Dilione had previously been charged with hindering prosecution, tampering with physical evidence and concealment of a corpse, but neither had been charged with murder. A third suspect, 29-year-old Max Gemma of Oceanport, N.Y., has also been charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

Dilione had previously told prosecutors that he had gotten in a fight with Comunale over cigarettes, but that Rackover was the one who stabbed him, according to the Daily News. Rackover later told the New York Daily News that Dilione threw him under the bus to save himself.

Comunale was stabbed 15 times before his body was set on fire and he was buried in the shallow grave, the Daily News reported.

After their arraignment on murder charges Wednesday, the two were held without bail, according to the  Daily News.

Click here to read the Daily News story.

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