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Posted on: October 30, 2023

DA Hoovler Announces Second Defendant Charged in Connection with Fatal Stabbing for Hire

District Attorney Hoovler Announces Second Defendant Charged in Connection with Fatal Stabbing for Hire

 

Wallkill Man Charged by Grand Jury with Murder in the First Degree and Conspiracy in the Second Degree for Hiring Another Man to Kill his Neighbor

Defendant faces Life in Prison without the possibility of Parole if Convicted

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Monday, October 30, 2023, Enoch Lowe, age 25, of Wallkill, was arraigned in Orange County Court on an indictment charging him with the crimes of  Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Conspiracy in the Second Degree in connection with the death of his next-door neighbor, a Wallkill man who was found stabbed multiple times inside the detached garage of his residence.  Lowe was remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $2,000,000.00 cash bail, $3,00,000.00 secured bond, or $10,000,000.00 partially secured bond.  Lowe is next scheduled to appear in court on December 1, 2023.

It is alleged that Lowe had conspired with Damante T. Stansberry, age 24, of Middletown, to kill Lowe’s neighbor, with whom Lowe had long-standing animosity.  On October 30, 2022, at approximately 5:00 PM, Stansberry arrived at the residence of his 53-year-old victim and repeatedly stabbed the man, who had been as repairing a fence in the backyard of the residence.  On March 30, 2023, Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler represented the People in County Court when Stansberry pled guilty to Murder in the Second Degree in connection with the death of the man.  Stansberry is awaiting sentencing.

An investigation conducted by the Town of Wallkill Police Department, assisted by the New York State Police, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center, and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office resulted in Lowe’s arrest on October 10, 2023.  The case was presented to an Orange County Grand Jury which charged Lowe with the crimes including Murder in the First Degree and Conspiracy in the Second Degree.  It is alleged that Lowe agreed to pay Stansberry $15,000 to kill the man and acted as look-out, texting Stansberry to signal that the victim was outside of his home, alone, and vulnerable to an attack.  

District Attorney Hoovler thanked all the law enforcement agencies involved for the arrest of Lowe and Stansberry and their continuing investigation. 

“My deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the victim in this case, who was senselessly killed while working in his own backyard on a Sunday afternoon,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “There is no place where people should feel safer than in their own homes. I commend the Town of Wallkill Police Department, and all the agencies that aided them, for their ceaseless efforts in this case. Their efforts included not only pursuing the person who wielded the knife, but the person who was responsible for putting this tragic chain of events in motion.”  

The cases against Lowe and Stansberry are being prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Borek and Assistant District Attorney Bryan Conway.

This 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.


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