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Orange County News For Immediate Release Contact: Ryan Greenbaum Friday, July 14, 2023 845.615.3657, 845.415.0868c
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler and City of Newburgh Police Commissioner José A. Gomérez Announce Arrests Stemming from April Double Shooting
Defendants Charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Attempted Murder in the Second Degree
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler and City of Newburgh Police Commissioner José A. Gomérez announced that Dwayne Hines, 39, of Brooklyn, and Romaine McRae, 39, of Brooklyn, were arrested on July 12, 2023 and each charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Attempted Murder in the Second Degree. Both defendants were arraigned on July 13, 2023 in the Newburgh City Court and remanded to the Orange County Jail without bail. Evidence in the case was submitted to the Orange County Grand Jury who returned an indictment. The defendants are expected to appear in Orange County Court at a later date to be arraigned on the indictment.
The arrests stemmed from an intensive and coordinated investigation into a brazen double shooting that occurred on Lander Street in the City of Newburgh at approximately 8:30 am on Monday, April 24, 2023. Two men at the location were shot, leaving one man dead and the other paralyzed. The investigation was led by the City of Newburgh Police Department Detective Bureau who worked with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Police, the New York Police Department (NYPD), and the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center. The defendants were taken into custody without incident on July 12, 2023 in Brooklyn by the City of Newburgh Detective Bureau working with Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigators.
“The senseless, calculated and ultimately tragic alleged actions of these two defendants shattered the lives of the victims and the peace of our community” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “In the face of such unspeakable violence, the dedicated and tireless efforts of the City of Newburgh Police Department Detective Bureau, working closely with my Office and other law enforcement partners, has brought into custody those individuals alleged to have been responsible. Ultimately, it is the commitment to the identification, collection and analysis of digital forensic evidence that broke this case open.”
“The City of Newburgh Police Department sends a clear message with the arrest of Dwayne Hines and Romaine McRae: if you commit crimes in the city of Newburgh, we will follow you anywhere necessary and use every resource at our disposal to bring justice to the victims and the weight of the law to the perpetrators,” said City of Newburgh Police Commissioner José A. Gomérez. “Through the tireless efforts of the City of Newburgh Detective Bureau, the Orange County District Attorney’s office, and our partners in law enforcement these individuals will be held accountable for their despicable acts.”
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Ryan Greenbaum and Assistant District Attorney Bryan Conway.
A criminal charge is merely an allegation by the police 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.