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District Attorney Hoovler Announces Indictment in
Village of Monroe Stabbing Murder
During an Altercation, Defendant Stabbed
Victim Multiple Times, Killing Him
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, that Samuel Del Cid Hernandez, age 31, of Monroe, has been indicted by an Orange County grand jury, in connection with the October 2018 stabbing death of a man in the hallway outside Hernandez’s apartment. The indictment charges Hernandez with Murder in the Second Degree, Manslaughter in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Hernandez is expected to be arraigned on the indictment in Orange County Court in early January 2019.
The allegations in the case are as follows: On the evening of October 12 into October 13, 2018, Hernandez and several other people, including the deceased, were drinking at Hernandez’s apartment. At some point during the evening, words were exchanged between Hernandez and the deceased, and a physical altercation occurred between the deceased and a third partygoer. The decedent then left the apartment and went into the hallway outside. Hernandez took a knife from the kitchen and followed the deceased into the hallway, where he stabbed the deceased multiple times, killing him. Hernandez is alleged to have later discarded the knife.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Village of Monroe Police Department and the New York State Police for their efforts in the investigation of the case.
“Weapons and alcohol are never a good combination,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “Unfortunately, it’s all too often that we hear of tragedies when people drink to excess, arm themselves, and injure or kill their friends during arguments. This case represents another of those tragedies, and my office will strive to bring justice to the victim and his family through an appropriate sentence to the man who killed him.”
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney David Byrne.
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.