Suspect in slaying of Hofstra grad dumped in shallow grave in NJ released on bail

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NEW YORK — A suspect in the slaying of a Hofstra grad who was stabbed to death in an Upper East Side apartment then dumped in a shallow grave in New Jersey has been released on bail, according to the Department of Corrections.

Larry Dilione, 28, posted bail -- $300,000 in cash -- on Wednesday and was released, the DOC said.

Dilione and James Rackover, 25, were arrested in the death of Joey Comunale.

The men were charged last week with concealment of a human body, hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

Police initially said the pair would be charged with second-degree murder, but prosecutors on Monday decided not to file that charge while the investigation continues. Still, on Monday Rackover was indicted in Comunale's death.

Prosecutors won't reveal the indictment charges until Rackover is arraigned in December.

Both defendants deny wrongdoing.

The 26-year-old victim came to New York City on Nov. 13 to party with friends when he met the suspects. Soon after, NYPD detectives found a bloody scene in Rackover's apartment on East 59th Street.

Police determined that Comunale had been stabbed 15 times in the chest then his body was taken 50 miles away to Oceanport, N.J., where the duo allegedly tried to destroy the evidence.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said there was an effort to burn Comunale's body. The body was found in a shallow grave.

Boyce said they have not yet determined a motive.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.