NEW YORK – A sobering reality for two party boys, turned murder suspects.
James Rackover, 25, of NYC, and Lawrence Dilone, 28, of Jersey City, went before a judge at Manhattan Criminal Court late Thursday on suspicion they stabbed a stranger to death after a night of drinking, then tried to cover up the crime.
Both were charged in connection with the killing of Joey Comunale, but questions remain as to who actually committed the murder.
"It's only the beginning for us and I look forward to what our review of the evidence will reveal," their defense attorney Maurice Sercarz said. Rackover and Dilione are being held in lieu of $3 million bond or $300,000 cash.
NYPD detectives found bloody evidence that Comunale was killed inside an East 59th Street apartment over the weekend. His body taken 50 miles away to Oceanport, New Jersey where the duo allegedly tried to destroy evidence.
"A very disturbing crime scene a shallow grave with Comunale stabbed 15 times in the chest and there is an effort to burn to his body," NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
The 26-year-old Connecticut man came to Manhattan Saturday to party with friends. After a chance encounter at the club, he was invited to Rackover's apartment where the night took a deadly turn.
"The motive is undetermined right now its speculative other than a dispute of a course," Boyce said.
Born James Beaudoin, he was in and out of jail while living in Florida. The 25-year-old moved to New York for a new life and a new name. He met Jeffrey Rackover – a prominent East Side jeweler. The man became a father-figure and funded his lavish lifestyle.
"I hope these guys get prosecuted and never see sunlight again," Pat Comunale said.
The victim's father unable to understand why his son was taken.
"Give your kids ... just hug your kids... you never know," Comunale said.
As for Rackover and Dilione, both are due back in court on Monday.