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District Attorney Hoovler Announces Murder Indictment
in Stabbing Case
City of Newburgh Man Charged with Murder in the Second Degree in Connection
With Fatal Stabbing
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Thursday, September 10, 2020, Tavares Stackhouse, 38, of the City of Newburgh, was arraigned before Orange County Court Judge Robert H. Freehill on an indictment related to the fatal stabbing of a man which occurred on June 27, 2020, near the intersection of Route 9W and Washington Street, in the City of Newburgh. The indictment charges Stackhouse with Murder in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree.
During the arraignment, prosecutors argued that Stackhouse saw a man in an argument with two people who Stackhouse knew. After the man walked away from the argument, Stackhouse rode on a bicycle after the man. The man attempted to run away from Stackhouse, who caught him and stabbed him more than fifteen times. A passing motorist witnessed the attack, exited her vehicle and yelled at Stackhouse, who fled. Another passerby, who was a medical professional, attempted to render medical aid to the victim who subsequently died of his injuries.
Bail was set in the amount of one-million dollars cash, or three-million dollars secured bond or ten million dollars unsecured bond. Stackhouse is next scheduled to appear in Court on September 21, 2020.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation and the arrest of Stackhouse.
“This type of brutality cannot be tolerated on our street and deserves severe punishment,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “I thank the City of Newburgh Police for their professionalism and tireless efforts in this particularly brutal case. I also commend the woman who tried to stop the attacker, as well as the medical professional who tried to render aid to the victim. When faced with this type of senseless loss of life, there is some comfort in reflecting on efforts of those who chose to help.”
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant Attorney Richard Moran and Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Mangold.
A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.